Our 617th Dad in the Limelight is Chronic Kidney and Celiac Disease Survivor, Jason Magee. I want to thank Jason Magee for being a part of this series. It has been great getting connected with him and now sharing Jason Magee 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 2 boys who is currently trying to spend as much time as I can being a dad while battling Chronic Kidney Disease and Celiac disease.
2) Tell me about your family
Our family tries to be frugal and re-purpose things. We like to save money by couponing and being frugal as well as doing a lot of things ourselves rather than buying them. We love being outdoors and going on adventures.
3) What has been the largest challenge you have had in being a father?
Hmm…I would have to say that the hardest part that I’ve been through as a father is being patient and seeing things from a kids point of view. Oh, and learning to pick my battles.
4) What advice would you give to other fathers?
Patience! The more patience that you have the easier it is for you. Kids will listen, learn and act better if you’re patient with them. This includes when they’re misbehaving.
5) How have you come to balance parenthood and outside life?
We don’t have an outside life to be honest. Being parents is our life. We don’t go out and when we do the kids are with us. Occasionally we’ll ship them over to their grandparents but in the end we just go home to relax.
6) What have you learned from the fathers that you have interacted with?
That I’m not the only one with head strong kids and that other fathers have the same struggles at being a parent as I do.
7) What else would you share regarding your experiences as a father thus far?
Kids will be kids. Let them enjoy their childhood and don’t stress over the simple things. Everyone has their struggles when it comes to parenting because not all kids are the same. Enjoy it while you can because they eventually grow up.
8) What have been the most memorable experiences that you have had thus far as a parent?
Graduating from daddy to dad was a pretty memorable moment but I’m going to say everything. I cherish everything being a father. I love seeing the new things that my kids learn, watching them grow, have fun, make mistakes and learn from them. The list goes on and on.
If you have any questions for Jason Magee, please leave a comment here and I will make sure that he gets them so that he may be able to respond!