Our 194th Dad in the Limelight is Jimmy Chung (@jimmychung). I want to thank Jimmy 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).
My name is Jimmy Chung and I started out as a teen parent (on purpose). 19 is still a teen. Yeah…I was a rebel.
Why am I in the limelight? I currently balance my life as a devoted husband, proud father, amateur chef, gamer, and an exciting career as a eCommerce Strategist for one of the top Fortune 500 companies.
2) Tell me about your family
Today at age 24, I’m a proud father of three beautiful daughters and a freshly newborn son so yes, four by 24. Sounds like a TLC show doesn’t it?
I am married to my best friend (Sarah) who I met through a close friend in my first year of college while Sarah was a high school senior. Nothing weird considering I went to school early and we are 3 months apart in age.
3) What has been the largest challenge you have had in being a father?
To be honest, the largest challenge for me as a father is not knowing the expectation and situations for each age. As your child gets older, you will encounter new experiences and situations. It’s extremely difficult to predict behaviors and solutions for situations which may or may not happen. Every parent knows life is a challenge, so accept it and adapt. Since I have more than one child, the interactions and behavior will vary for my youngest kids as compared to the experiences of my oldest daughter. For example, my second daughter was able to accelerate in her speech and expression abilities due to learning from her older sister. My oldest daughter was the foundation for accelerating the learning abilities of her younger siblings. The month to month comparison in the acceleration of behavior and maturity was dramatic. Now, my third daughter is learning from her two older sisters while continuing to advance herself. My baby boy is less than 2 months old, so he has a long way to go. ; )
4) What advice would you give to other fathers?
My biggest advice to other fathers will start in one word and please mark it down. The word is patience. Your child needs guidance and it is up to you to guide him or her. He or she will look up to you for education and instructions. Your child will mimic your behaviors, actions, expressions, and way of decision making. You need to enforce and believe in patience. When teaching your child something new or scolding him or her for inappropriate behavior, you need to remember the mindset of children. They are fresh to this world and do not understand concepts in which you have learned and practiced for many years. Children are brand new sponges with the need to soak in new knowledge. You are the one responsible for supplying the knowledge in a step by step format of education. The actions of education won’t be easy, but you can be successful if you take time to teach your kids right. Patience is one of the key elements to your child’s development.
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.
Everything that I’m doing with advancing my career has always been influenced by my family. The reason I work so hard is for the core purpose of building the future for my children and lovely wife. I want to lay down the foundation for my children to grow on while replicating the core values in thinking of family as the number one top priority.
As for balancing parenthood and outside life, I do not only try to spend as much time with my children as possible but I do push myself to stay engaged while I’m with them. This includes asking about their day, what they learned at school, what they ate, and what they would like to do at the moment. As parents, we have to be proactive in engagement for the benefit of our children.
Now we do need a break from time to time to relax. As a parent, I recommend establishing some downtime each day to recharge yourself once the kids are in bed. Everyone needs some time to themselves.
6) What have you learned from the fathers that you have interacted with?
I have been blessed to be raised by a caring father and be surrounded by fathers who have demonstrated the same admiring characteristics. I have witnessed and learned to take the role of a teacher in providing guidance to my children.
As parents, we are the first teachers before our children even set foot in their first day of school.
7) What else would you share regarding your experiences as a father thus far?
I absolutely love being a father. My children bring me so much joy! You can just have a bad day in general but once you hear their laughter or look at their little faces, the mood just changes to a positive note.
8) What have been the most memorable experiences that you have had thus far as a parent?
My most memorable moment, which happens to be a recent event was the day I took my oldest daughter to her first day of Kindergarten. I just couldn’t believed how time just flew by. It’s like she was a baby yesterday and now a kindergartner? I’m just so proud of her. : )
If you have any questions for Jimmy, please leave a comment here and I will make sure that he gets them so that he may be able to respond!