Our 467th Dad in the Limelight is Greg Kaffka. I want to thank Greg 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)
Hello, my name is Greg Kaffka and I am a husband and a proud father of 4 children. Why am I in the limelight? I guess its because I have alot on my plate and I do all I can to provide the very best for my family. I work as an engineer for a top digital printing company/distributor and then I freelance at night I do graphic and web design.
2) Tell me about your family
I married my beautiful wife 11 years ago this July and we have 4 amazing children. My wife and I met 17 years ago and our 1st date was her senior prom in high school. We met at work and hit it off from there. I have a daughter who is 6 years old, a son who is 3 and twin girls who are 5 months old. It was quite the shock to find out we were have twins on this last pregnancy, but what a joy these girls are.
3) What has been the largest challenge you have had in being a father?
I have to honestly say the largest challenge I have is making time equally. I work so much and feel that I have such a hard time with it. I make it a priority to provide for my family and I know its appreciated, but I wish I could see more of them. When my eldest daughter and son were growing up I worked 2-3 jobs, and most nights not getting home til very late. Nowadays I have been trying to be home more and feel guilty that I see the twins more at that age then my other two. I make it a task to be sure I am there for my wife and kids.
4) What advice would you give to other fathers?
Be there for your kids all you can. My daughter loves to see me at school events, sports and activities. Being involved in your kids lives as much as possible means more to them than you know. Seeing her face light up when she knows I am there means the world to me and her I am sure.
5) How have you come to balance parenthood and outside life?
Making time for family when your the sole income isn’t an easy task. It is something that I make sure I do. I try to keep work outside of the home and leave it at the door as much as possible.
6) What have you learned from the fathers that you have interacted with?
I have learned that we are not alone. We as dads can turn to each other for advice. As I have learned no two situations are the same, so getting more perspectives on an issue is great help.
7) What else would you share regarding your experiences as a father thus far?
If I have learned one thing so far as a father its that no two days are the same. I learn so much about life from my children. As I get older I see myself becoming the wise father that my kids are turning to for answers.. How did that happen?!
8) What have been the most memorable experiences that you have had thus far as a parent?
To not sound corny, but besides the birth of my children, I would have to say the most memorable experience as a parent was seeing my children’s faces when I come home late from a long day. It can stop all stress, relieve all tension and make all problems go away.
If you have any questions for Greg, please leave a comment here and I will make sure that he gets them so that he may be able to respond!