What does fatherhood mean to you?
Fatherhood to me is the most rewarding and challenging experience of my life. Each day brings a new challenge, success or failure and I always feel I need to bring my "A" game. Fatherhood is a privilege. I would not trade it for anything in the world.
What is the best part of being a dad?
It's guiding, nurturing and watching my kids grow to be the best they can be. Celebrating their accomplishments, helping them with hard times and seeing the world for the first time through their eyes.
What is your proudest moment as a dad?
When my kids were born - I was a proud, glowing daddy from day one.
What do you and your children do for fun?
Our family loves the winter and with snow comes skiing. Nothing excites me more than spending time with my kids on the slopes. It is an incredible one-on-one time - No TV's, ipods or distractions. We have time to talk about school, friends, sports or whatever else might be on their minds. I am extremely lucky to be able to spend this quality time with our kids.
What is the hardest part about being a dad?
Allowing my children to fail and learn from their mistakes without stepping in and doing it for them. I think we all want our kids to succeed, but it is important that they learn from their own failures.
What kind of dad do you strive to be?
I strive to be the kind of dad who is always there for his kids. I am very involved in their lives including coaching, Cub Scouts and every school event. I want to be someone they look up to and respect. I don't want to be just their dad, but a role model who teaches them how to be respectful and caring toward everyone around them.
Describe your funniest moment as a dad.
I like to goof around and be silly with my kids. I hear a lot that I am just a silly daddy!
Probably one of my most memorable moments was on Easter, when I told them they needed to stay upstairs so I could check things out. When I got down there I found the Easter Bunny and chased him around the house until I finally got him to leave. That day I heard my kids tell the story over and over; how their daddy found the Easter Bunny and chased him out of the house.
What would you hope that your kids would say about you if asked what kind of dad they have?
That I always make time for them and that I'm there for them whenever they need me. I hope they would say that I continually show them my love and how proud I am to be their daddy.
What is the most important advice you've received about fatherhood?
Your kids are only young once. You never get a second chance to see them walk for the first time or help them ride a bicycle. So take time to be with your kids each day and enjoy every stage of their lives.
What would you consider to be your most inspiring moment as a dad?
Watching my kids grow into wonderful caring and compassionate children. Sitting anxiously as they conquer their fears or holding my emotions back as they succeed at something they've tried over and over.