What does fatherhood mean to you?

Teaching my children to become responsible adults. Each child has their own set of needs and talents. A father works to find and fill the needs and develop the talents. The largest challenge is realizing that a father’s needs and talents are different from each child. So I work to know myself by reading books, learning from classes, discussing with mentors and praying to God for guidance in teaching each child.

What is the best part of being a dad?

Hugs. Playing with my kids.

What is your proudest moment as a dad?

All of my children are adopted. One day at Outward Bound, my oldest son called me ‘Dad’ for the first time. After all he’s lived through I am proud to have earned his trust.

What do you and your children do for fun?

We have movie nights and game nights. The board games are different with each age group. The younger children love Monopoly while the older boys prefer Risk.

What is the hardest part about being a dad?

Watching one of my children make a mistake and knowing that I need to let them learn from the mistake and not jump in and fix it.

What kind of dad do you strive to be?

I strive to be a leader. One who lives by example of what my children should grow up to become.

Describe your funniest moment as a dad.

Watching the dishwasher overflow with suds after it was loaded with the wrong soap! We all had a big laugh after that one.

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

I hope they would say that they have a fun dad who teaches them how to fix things on their own.

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

Forgive, don’t forget and don’t keep count of errors.

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

Hearing my stepson say how he saved money to buy his mom a birthday gift with his own money, because he wanted to follow my example of planning ahead.