My dad was a dad, his dad’s dad was a dad and his dad’s dad’s dad was also a dad.
I come from a long line of dad’s, however, with my looks, awkward personality and complete lack of any understanding of women, it wasn’t even certain the opportunity to be a dad would eventuate.
Michael Ray appears on Channel 9's Weekend Today Show for Fathers Day 2019.
Covering the discussion on Brisbane's New NRL Team and Dad Time Benefits
Michael Ray became a dad for the first time at forty-nine. At fifty-one, the bloke who had worked most of his adult life as a Stripper, Bouncer and Trainer became a full-time single parent, raising his two-year-old daughter Charlie on his own. To say he was under-prepared, ill-equipped and overwhelmed, would be something of an understatement.
Women will achieve true equality when men are held equally responsible .....
He has continued to challenge, speak up and advocate for equality, reducing stigmas and calling out injustice.
Recently appearing on Channel 9 with Madonna King discussing 'The Rules For Dating my Daughter"
Melbourne dance school lifts ban on Dad backstage at concert
This Australian single dad has been raising his 5-year-old daughter Charlie for the past three years alone. In that time, the personal trainer and powerlifter has shattered conventional stereotypes by publicly donning his little girl’s nail polish on his toes at a recent lifting contest.
Becoming a parent at 50 was so unexpected! Charlie is the best thing that ever happened to me, and I have scheduled my life around making sure that she is my main priority.
Talking about being a single dad, how fatherhood has changed Michael. He also discusses the importance of having a supportive network when being a single parent.
Michael has made headlines in the media for years now, in the name of equality and equal rights for single parents, in particular single fathers
It is up to us dads to model the respectful treatment of women (including not denigrating or disrespecting their mothers if you are separated)
Society’s wheels sometimes take an age to turn, but every so often we’re reminded that we’re heading in the right direction. One such example was last year when a Melbourne ballet school overturned an archaic ban to ensure dad – and sole carer – Michael Ray could be backstage with his four-year-old daughter, Charlie, prior to her November 20 concert
With an exceptionally big heart, his attitude and approach to fatherhood are remarkable. Through his stories, we look forward to seeing how Michael can inspire all of us to live from the heart and without reservation despite the challenges or obstacles life can throw us
Michael says sometimes other parents can be unconsciously biased against single dads, and even more so to single dads of little girls.
“Women are mostly supportive but some say patronising things, like 'how do you manage?' It’s just the same as any single parent,”
Little Charlie, 4, was going to be the only student without a parent backstage for her ballet concert until her dad came to the rescue.
EVERY Christmas, Michael and his daughter Charlie wake up to find Santa has left presents as well as a letter more precious than the gifts.