- Publish Date
- Wednesday, 18 July 2018, 2:00PM
Often in the dating world, finding out someone has a child can make people run the other way.
This wasn’t the case for Kiwi trainer, advocate and public speaker Richie Hardcore – who explained to Sarah, Sam and Toni how becoming a step parent has actually helped change his life for the better.
"It definitely wasn’t on my list of things to do growing up," Richie – who became a stepdad to 4-year-old Jack this year - says, "but the whole experience makes me a better richer person."
While he admits the process of building not just one, but two relationships has been more work than regular dating – and that the sleep deprivation that comes with having a toddler in the house can be a downside – getting to be a part of Jack's life has been all worth it.
"For me, it’s been a really positive experience, I’m not going to say it’s easy, but it’s been really positive," he says.
"It’s made me a more mature, kinder, patient, self-sacrificing person in a way that I’d never envisioned.
"I’m really mindful that I have a degree of influence on this little dude’s life and I’m trying real hard not to make a mess of it."
Well, we think you’re doing an amazing job so far Richie and are such a great example to other.