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Glad Dads Q&A: Dad of Divas

Glad Dads Q&A is a regular feature which profiles all kinds of Dads. The questions are designed to get at a Dads philosophy on fatherhood and how that philosophy is inspired.  Do you know a Dad worthy of a Glad Dads profile?  Please email Glad Dads and let us know.

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Q: Tell us about yourself.
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I am a father of two girls who everyday works to regain control of my kingdom. Is this even possible in a divadom? This blog is dedicated to chronicling my experiences and challenges in being a father as well as providing some food for thought to other dads. History of this Blog - I started writing this blog full time in January 2008 prior to my second daughters' birth. Since then, the blog has exponentially grown and I have continued to find my groove through both reading and networking with other bloggers as well as writing on a myriad of varying topics. Outside of home I am a Student Affairs Professional who has been working in the field of College Administration now for 11 years with extensive experience in precollege planning, admission, advising, and other areas.
Q: Tell us about your family.
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I have been married for 11 wonderful years and have two girls aged 5 (Diva-J) and 20 months (Diva-PJ). Diva-J will be starting Developmental Kindergarten this fall so with this we know that the fun will only begin. We also have two cats, Scooter (10 years old) and Puffy (9 years old).
Q: What do you think your kids would say about you as a Dad?
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I would hope that they would say that I was an engaged father (though these are mu words not theirs). I would also hope that they would say that I was a loving, kind, consistent and fair dad (though consistency in the mind of especially a five year old can sometimes mean discipline - which of course they do not like).
Q: What do you think your spouse would say about you as a Dad?
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I would guess that she would say that I try my best at being there for the kids but that at times I do still work too hard. She also would probably lament that I spend too much time on the computer (at times)! She would also say that I am a loving father and that I would do anything for my kids.
Q: What do you think makes a good father?
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I grew up in a family where my dad worked a lot. Not to say he was a bad father as he wasn't, but he was busy, and thus I didn't have the one-on-one interaction with him as much as I would have liked. One of the things that I try hard to do is to be present with my girls when I get home from work. I know that I will have work to do later in the evening, but want to be there for the girls in the short amount of time that I have with them before bedtime comes around. I encourage my girls to try new things and to have fun. I try to teach them to not be afraid to go outside of the box and find their talents and passions.

Q: Who made you the parent you are today and why?
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I don' know who made me the parent I am today. I have to attribute much to my parents and what I learned from them. I also have to say that I have learned a lot from some past neighbors as well as friends and family members in watching how they interact with their own children. I think though much of what you know as a parent though is based on flying by the seat of your pants and hoping for the best. There is no true parenting manual that will help you with everything and thus sometimes you and your partners own style just emerges (and you hope it is for the best).
Q: What is the best parenting advice you have ever received?
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Probably go with your instincts. You can get a ton of advice if you ask for it, but all-in-all, you going with your instincts will usually lead you int he right direction when it comes to parenting. The other best piece of advice that I have been told is that you must as a parent, early in your child's life get the child on a schedule and not get pulled into the drama of nap time or bedtime (and I am still working on this, but we have gotten much better over the years).
Q: Is there a piece of advice you would like to give to expectant Dads?
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People always told me to get my rest before kids, but I never really understood this. I would recommend definitely doing everything that you can to get some extra sleep before your little one is born and maybe the lack of sleep that most parents are accustomed to in the early stages of parenting won't be too bad. Also, go out with your partner and have time for yourself prior to the baby as once the baby is born it is not as easy to have that one-on-one time with them.
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When your kids are grown and moved away, what qualities do you hope to have instilled in them?
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I hope that they will be self-reliant and able to make good choices that will hold them strong through the years. I also hope that they will be able to look back and know how much they were and are loved by their parents. I hope that if they choose to have a family of heir own, I hope that they will look back and have some skills to pull from to assist them in becoming a parent themselves.
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Why did you decide to blog about your family life? What do you hope to accomplish?
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I hope that they will be self-reliant and able to make good choices that will hold them strong through the years. I also hope that they will be able to look back and know how much they were and are loved by their parents. I hope that if they choose to have a family of heir own, I hope that they will look back and have some skills to pull from to assist them in becoming a parent themselves.
Q:
If you cold ask anyone (anyone at all) for parenting advice, who would it by and why?
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I actually would be interested in hearing from some more high profile, busy people about how they balance everything. People like President Obama or others who (at least as it seems) are actively engaged with their children while being very busy with their professional life.
Q: What gadgets/man toys do you secretly crave?
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I actually would be interested in hearing from some more high profile, busy people about how they balance everything. People like President Obama or others who (at least as it seems) are actively engaged with their children while being very busy with their professional life.
Q: Name 2 things that people don't know about you.
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  1. I love singing and was a member of a Men's Barbershop Chorus for a number of years and competed nationally (though we didn't always do the best).
  2. I am a published author and editor. While this book was in my professional area of expertise, it was definitely a labor of love and something that was quite rewarding.
Q: Its shameless promotion time. Go ahead and plug your blog(s).
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I hope that everyone will come over and check out Dad of Divas. Starting on September 14, I will be staring a 30 day project to help you to become a better parent. I hope that everyone will come over and take the challenge on becoming a better parent. You can read more about the challenge here. Even if you do not choose to take the challenge, I hope that all readers will come by and visit and be a part of the fun within the Divadom!



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