June 15, 2011
To Be a Dad is an awesome, incredible, and honored responsibility.
Im the father of three kids blessed with my two boys through adoption and my daughter shortly thereafter. My kids are 12, 15 and 17 now and in reflection of what Ive learned, I would say that the key for me has simply been balance. Fatherhood is all about balance just like the guy in our Baby ad.
A balanced obligation between the kids and the workplace is a good start. Prioritizing the time for my kids sporting events and recitals has proved important. I want to be visible for them at these events and will go out of my way to attend some during inconvenient business hours. Trust me, they get it and appreciate it. In the end, I try not to let my kids come up short on the balance of work-life scale.
Staying with the idea of balance How about the simple balance between trying to teach your kids vs. listening to them? Listening has worked for me so far and the kids continue to teach me something new every single day.