Dilshan Jayasinha, a father to his beautiful daughter, Isha, speaks to people who have exceptional parents (or who are amazing parents themselves) to tease out what exactly made them extraordinary so that you too can unapologetically steal those great ideas like he does to become a better parent to your own kids.
8. Jas Kang - Parents being present for their child's important life moments, the makeup & beauty business, & secret driver’s licenses
Jas is a certified makeup artist and beauty specialist who is the owner, creator, and artist of J2K Beauty based in Adelaide, Australia. Her grandparents are from India, her father from Malaysia, her mother from Mauritius, and she was born in England and grew up in Australia. Jas believes that a great parent is someone who is there for all the important moments in their child’s life. In this episode, she tells me how her parents who come from different religious backgrounds overcame barriers to build a wonderful family and life together, how her generous, loyal, and supportive dad goes out of his way to help people (even those he doesn't know that well), and how her parents never pressured her and instead let her make her own decisions. She also shares with me the story of how she got her driver's license without her dad's knowledge. Her IG: @j2k.beauty
7. Suraiya Farook - Raising kind boys & brave girls, trusting their choices, and connecting better by getting down to their level
Suraiya is the owner of Crio Design House (IG: @criodesignhouse), a handmade & custom jewelry design business in Dubai. She's Sri Lankan and has been living in Dubai for almost 30 years where she has also worked as a marketing coordinator for a center for children with special needs. In this episode, she talks about how she's grateful for her mother who trusted her choices & decisions, her husband's amazing relationship with their 2.5-year-old son, and how she thinks kind boys and brave girls can change the world. She also talks openly about her tumultuous childhood, standing up to her dad to protect her mother, and how despite this experience, she tries her best to not be over-protective of her son. Her IG:@thisissuraiya, Twitter: @BoomslangSur
6. Malou Geenevasen - Kindness, being an adoptee, a psychotherapist, and having a caring dad who leads by example
Malou Geenevasen (IG: @kindnesstherapy) is a psychotherapist from Amsterdam whose clients include families and kids. Although she was born in Sri Lanka, she was adopted by two caring Dutch parents when she was two weeks old. In this episode, Malou describes her dad as someone kind, reliable, trustworthy, and inquisitive and talks to me about how he embodies these qualities and leads by example. Thanks to his attitude towards always learning new things, Malou also believes that you can always keep learning no matter how old you are. She also speaks to me about how she challenged herself to do 365 good deeds in one year and as a result, learned that kindness is all around us if we look for it. PS. One of her cats started attacking her indoor plants during our recording, which forced us to take a break.
5. Vraîe Cally Balthazaar - Activism, feminism, entrepreneurship, motherhood, and raising kids as their own people
Vraîe Cally Balthazaar (@vraie_cally_balthazaar) is an activist, feminist researcher, social entrepreneur, and presenter from Sri Lanka. She is also a mother of two little kids and she manages all of the above in a very active life. In this episode, she talks about the influence of her mother and both grandmothers on her when growing up, how her parents allowed her to make her own choices, how she credits her husband as the primary caregiver to their kids, creating a better world for her kids through activism, and the importance of switching off your phone and other distractions and reading to your kids every day. Other people and pages mentioned in this episode: Ms. Harini Amarasuriya (@hariniamarasuriya), Ms. Amalini De Sayrah (@amaliniii), Bhumi (@bhumi.srilanka), Everystory Sri Lanka (@everystory.sl).
4. Savindri Perera - Being raised with values of education, freedom, and financial independence instilled by her dad, Mr. Chethiya Perera
Savindri Perera (Instagram: @savisquishles) is an avid cook and a passionate baker who runs a successful business from home, and is constantly on the search for the best loaf of bread money can buy. She is also a qualified neuroscientist with a specification in early childhood development and languages and she is also involved in the Australia Indigenous Mentor Program. In this episode, she talks about how her dad, Mr. Chethiya Perera, raised her and her sister by putting value in their education, freedom, and financial independence - with incredible foresight considering it was in a culture that puts the value of a woman on her marital status.
3. Anjana Soni Thakur - Life lessons at breakfast, perfectionism, and healthy habits, from her dad, Mr. Rampal Soni, a self-made business giant
Anjana Soni Thakur is an interior designer from Mumbai, India who is also my wife's business partner. Together they own the interior design firm, The Design Houzz, which undertakes high-end design projects for residential, commercial, and hospitality clients. Her dad, Mr. Rampal Soni, is a veritable self-made made man who came from humble beginnings and built his company into a business giant that has diversified into textiles, steel, and real estate, with over 10,000 employees. In this episode, we talk about the wisdom he used to impart on Anjana and her siblings every morning, his self-discipline when it came to food and fitness, and his powerful presence that demands respect, which had a profound impact on Anjana's own habits and lifestyle. Her website: thedesignhouzz.com