Our 307th Dad in the Limelight is David Vienna. I want to thank David for being a part of this series. It has been great getting connected with him and now sharing him with all of you.
1) Tell me about yourself, (as well as how you are in the limelight for my readers knowledge)
I’m a father of 4-year-old twin boys. I used to be a journalist, then I wrote for reality TV for a while (it’s all written, don’t be fooled) and now I blog about parenting issues and other crap at The Daddy Complex. I’m not exactly sure why I’m “in the limelight.” My hair maybe?
2) Tell me about your family
Well, I already mentioned my boys. I’m also married to a wonderful woman named Larissa who tolerates my eating habits. And I have a dog that’s so old, he doesn’t know when he’s pooping.
3) What has been the largest challenge you have had in being a father?
The largest challenge I’ve had as a father is trying to overcome the disappointment I feel that my boys aren’t already employed.
4) What advice would you give to other fathers?
Drink. Or live a life of patience. One of those, I can’t remember.
5) Seeing that you (or your position) are in the limelight, how have you come to balance parenthood and outside life? If you are currently not in the limelight per se, please still answer this in regards to how you balance parenthood and outside life.
I do not balance parenthood and outside life. I’m constantly reeling on an unsteady deck from a parenting problem to a work problem and back again. Are you saying some people can balance that stuff? People do that? What are they, Canadian?
6) What have you learned from the fathers that you have interacted with?
I’ve learned that, like creating modern art, there’s no wrong way to do it… well, unless your way involves a cattle prod. Then, you’re probably doing it wrong.
7) What else would you share regarding your experiences as a father thus far?
You have enough to stress about without adding the stress of answering the question “Am I a good father?” Just be a father, that’s plenty good.
8) What have been the most memorable experiences that you have had thus far as a parent?
They’re all memorable. My kids making up terrible jokes kinda tops the list right now, though. Here’s an original one from my son Boone: Why did the chicken go to the farm? Because that was its home.
If you have any questions for David, please leave a comment here and I will make sure that he gets them so that he may be able to respond!