Q&A: Father’s Day Perspectives from a Working Dad

Being a father is an adventure with highs and lows, and for working dads, managing the demands of work and family can be challenging.

We spoke with David, who works at Express Employment International, about his experience as a working dad. David, who has two children, offers helpful tips for parents who juggle home and work life.

Q: What do you enjoy most about being a working dad?

A: I appreciate that by having a great job, along with my wife, we can provide opportunity for my children to pursue whatever career or path in life they choose. When I was younger, going to college was the expectation for a successful future. That’s certainly not the case these days. Although my kids are both young adults, they’re still figuring out what they want to do in the future, and that’s OK. They have their whole lives in front of them.

Q: What is the most creative way you balance work and family life?

A: I’m fortunate to work for a company that promotes a good work/life balance. I’m not sure that this counts as “creative,” but I’m able to switch over from work mode to family mode very easily. When I’m at home, I feel it’s important to be present for my family, not distracted by work email or other work-related concerns.

Q: What career lessons have you learned from your dad or father figure?

A: I credit my parents with being my greatest role models. From my dad, I learned the importance of being dependable; to fulfill commitments and do what you say you will do. He also taught me the importance of “putting myself out there” in social situations, to be curious and approach people, ask questions and show interest in others. I also inherited my sense of humor and quick wit from my Dad; making people laugh is a great way to build relationships. He also taught me that when you make a mistake, own it and apologize. When you accept responsibility, people are likely to forgive you.

Q: What is the funniest thing your child has ever said or done while you were at work?

A: Kids are a constant source of amusement. Their antics may not always be funny in the moment, but over time, it’s easy to laugh at their wackiness. One morning, when my son was around eight years old, as I was heading out the door for work, he said, “You’re looking spicy today, Dad.” I took it as a great compliment!

Q: If you could have any superpower to help with parenting, what would it be?

A: It would have to be the ability to turn back time. It would be great to relive so many of the memorable moments I shared with my family throughout the years. From my children’s first moments, to the fun vacations we took when they were little, all the funny things they said and did. It’s a bit cliché, but it seems as though kids really do grow up fast. And, as any parent knows, you’re going to make mistakes from time to time. Wouldn’t it be great to have an unlimited supply of “do-overs?”

Being a Dad is wonderful, amazing, joyful, and yes, sometimes frustrating. And I wouldn’t trade a second of it!

We want to hear from you! Share your own stories, insights, and advice about being a working dad in the comments below. 

Check out the Express Blog for more articles on working parents, including:

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