What does fatherhood mean to you?

Fatherhood means caring for and being able to nurture your children when they need you. It also means being there for them when they need someone to talk to.

What is the best part of being a dad?

To me, it’s that the kids know that they have someone to look up to as a positive role model. I also love being able to experience milestones with the kids such as tying their shoes or riding a bike for the first time.

What is your proudest moment as a dad?

My proudest moment was when I taught Jacob how to tie his shoes. He tried to learn by himself at first, but he just wasn’t getting it. He would get upset at himself and then give up. Each day, I would encourage him to keep trying and guide him through the process.

Finally, the big day came. We were getting ready to leave and I asked Jacob to try to tie his shoes again. He did it on his own! Jacob jumped up with joy and excitement and yelled, “David, I did it!” I had a huge smile across my face in that moment.

What do you and your children do for fun?

We like to watch movies together and play Playstation and Guitar Hero. We often play at the school playground down the street or just go outside and wrestle together on the grass.

What is the hardest part about being a dad?

Learning to have patience when the kids are being rowdy and behaving like brothers and sisters do sometimes. It’s also difficult to see the disappointment in their eyes when people treat them unfairly.

What kind of dad do you strive to be?

I strive to be able to provide for the kids any way I can. I also want to be the best father figure for them that I can be.

Describe your funniest moment as a dad.

It would have to be when Jacob, his mom and I were on the bus on our way to see his therapist. Everyone was completely quiet and then out of the blue Jacob started singing at the top of his lungs – “Shout at the devil!” We were all playing Guitar Hero the day before and I guess Jacob was still in the spirit!

What would you hope that your kids would say about you if asked what kind of dad they have?

I hope they would say that I love them and that I’m there for them whenever they need me. Also that they will never forget me.

What is the most important piece of advice you’ve received about fatherhood?

To never give up. To have patience during those sometimes difficult temper tantrums. To encourage and praise the kids so that they can gain confidence and be successful in life.

What would you consider to be your most inspiring moment as a dad?

When the kids recognize that their mom and I aren’t feeling well or we’re having a bad day, they will come and comfort us and give us hugs. It’s inspiring because they see us taking care of them and it’s almost as if they are trying to return the favor by nurturing us.