Our 398th Dad in the Limelight is Christian Simko. I want to thank Christian 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)
Funny, as I was coming into adulthood and knowing I wanted to be a father, I assumed the biggest challenge would be balancing work and family. My father was a race car driver and ran his own business so he was gone a fair bit. I wouldn’t call it a downfall; if anything it was a bonus for us and provided for some wonderful times. With a burgeoning career of my own at the time, in the same industry (NASCAR) no less, I was initially concerned but the minute my oldest was born it all changed. My push to be high on the evolutionary ladder of business diminished and she, and then they, became the primary focus and priority.
That’s the long way of saying my biggest challenge is teaching them how to be a part of separate homes and still feel the love they’re deserving from both places. They’re at an impressionable age, especially the younger one, and a time when they start to learn what is the right way to handle relationships with people. It’s a fine line and as a parent you have to be an expert at balancing all of it.
The other memory is not nearly as enjoyable but I bring it up because all parents need to be ready for this, the first trip to the doctor with an injury. I took my daughter to get stitches for the first time after she fell on the playground and it was the most heartbreaking thing you can imagine. Having to hold her still while she was crying out, “Daddy! Daddy, make them stop!” Ugh, it doesn’t get any worse than that. But you need to know it’s coming because they’re kids and they all get hurt.
If you have any questions for Christian, please leave a comment here and I will make sure that he gets them so that he may be able to respond!