Tell me about what you didn’t know about fatherhood. What’s surprised you? What were you expecting?
I wasn’t expecting anything because I didn’t know anything. I knew that I would be winging it from the start because I didn’t have any role models. Fatherhood is a journey that each man must discover on his own.
What is the one piece of advice you wish you had before becoming a father?
Keep the bond strong between you and your wife and don’t allow the baby to cause a rift in your relationship.
How do you balance your work and life at home?
I wake up at 5:00 am to go to work and I spend 10-12 hours there. I travel a lot for work, so I also get much of my blogging done in airports, on airplanes, and in hotels.
When I get home, I have dinner with the family and spend a couple of hours with the kids before bedtime. Keep in mind that throughout the week, the kids have music and sports practices, church activities, and scouts. I get the kids ready for bed and read them a book if I have time. [Then], I spend about an hour working on my blog and social networking. I try to spend some time with my wife before heading to bed.
There never seems to be enough time in the day.
What is the hardest part about being a dad?
The hardest part about being a dad is not getting the proper respect. Society places mothers on a pedestal and rightfully so. However, dads are portrayed to be bumbling idiots who are incapable of taking care of a family. A father’s role is important and I wish people would treat it as such.
The best part of being a dad is…
…Sharing my life with three incredible kids.
What are the three best tips you can give a new Dad?
- Make your relationship with your wife the most important thing. Kids feel more secure when they know that their parents’ love each other.
- Be patient with your children.
- Time is the most important gift you can give to your family.