What does fatherhood mean to you?
It gives me a chance to be a positive role model and give my child a stable, safe environment to grow up in. I did not have that a child. It's very important that my daughter, Kennie, is able to become her own person while having both parents involved in her life.
What is the best part of being a dad?
The best part is being able to motivate, inspire and support my child in all areas of her life. I like being able to see Kennie try new things and also help her learn from her mistakes.
What is your proudest moment as a dad?
Being present when Kennie was born. I cried tears of joy, not knowing at the time that she would one day change my path in life.
What do you and your child do for fun?
We read books together, play basketball, challenge each other to foot races, cook dinner and play board games.
What is the hardest part about being a dad?
For me, it's learning how to say no! I'm always trying to help her make good choices and actively communicate with her mom.
What kind of dad do you strive to be?
I want to be a good role model for my daughter. I hope that she will be able to speak openly with me and that I am able to encourage her to reach for the stars while keeping bad influences away.
Describe your funniest moment as a dad.
When Kennie was six months old, she learned to crawl up and down the stairs using one foot as a break as she slowly moved up and down. It was funny to see her little legs move like that! Of course, we were always there to catch her if she fell.
What would you hope your child would say about you if asked what kind of a dad she has?
I hope that Kennie would describe me as a good dad, someone she's proud to introduce to her friends. That I put her first and provide her with the wisdom to be whatever she chooses to be.
What is the most important piece of advice you've received about fatherhood?
To take it seriously and that the thing children most want from their parents is time together!
What would you consider to be your most inspiring moment as a dad?
One day, Kennie and I decided to play the father/daughter communication game. One of her questions was, "What is one thing you know about your dad?" And her answer was, "That I am the most important person in his life."
It was wonderful to hear those words and know that despite all of the bad things that happened in the past, Kennie knew that she's the most important thing in the world to me.