Our 623rd Dad in the Limelight is father, professional editor & podcaster, Jamie Greene. I want to thank Jamie Greene for being a part of this series. It has been great getting connected with him and now sharing Jamie Greene with all of you.
1) Tell me about yourself, (as well as how you are in the limelight for my readers knowledge)
Hey, howdy, hey. My name is Jamie Greene. I’m a professional editor in the publishing industry. Words, punctuation, and syntax are my bread and butter. If I’m in the “limelight” at all, though, it’s most likely due to my kids. I started blogging (at theroarbots.com) with the original intent to just share some of the cool stuff we were doing as a family. That’s pretty much what I’m still doing – kid-friendly geekiness – at both The Roarbots and GeekDad.com. My daughter has since become semi-Internet kid famous for her interview videos (originally 5 Questions with a 5-Year-Old….now Questions From a Kid). Oh yeah, and I cohost a “Disney Geek Dads” podcast, The Great Big Beautiful Podcast.
2) Tell me about your family
I’m the father of two ragamuffins (currently 4 and 6). If you read the blog or follow me on Twitter, you probably know more about them than you care to know. My wife (she of vast and endless patience) and I recently celebrated our 10th anniversary, and it seems like just last year that we met in China (while I was living there).
3) What has been the largest challenge you have had in being a father?
Honestly, my biggest challenge is overcoming a feeling of guilt for not spending more time with my kids. I’m lucky enough to have a job that allows me to work from home most days, but those days are still “work days,” even though I happen to be in the house. It’s hard to say no or close the door of my office when they’re tearing around the house, having a blast, and asking me to join in.
4) What advice would you give to other fathers?
Slow down, take it easy, and take advice with a grain of salt the size of Gibraltar. Everyone has their own ideas for how to be a good parent or how to raise a child properly. Do it your own way (keeping safety in mind, of course), and you’re doing it the right way. Also: cherish every goddamned minute. It’s unbelievably scary how fast time flies by.
5) How have you come to balance parenthood and outside life?
What’s that mean? What is this “outside life” of which you speak? My outside life (such as it is) is inextricably tied to my kids, and I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m a father; that doesn’t end at the front door or at certain time. Yes, we all deserve and get “alone time,” but kids grow up too darn fast. For me, there’s nothing to balance. It’s just life.
6) What have you learned from the fathers that you have interacted with?
See #4 above. We all do it differently. And (most of the time), everything works out fine in the end. Kids are remarkably adaptable and open-minded. I’ve learned it’s totally possible to share your interests, whatever they might be, with your kids. There’s no reason for us to suffer through Barney or The Wiggles (unless you want to, of course). Kids are just as happy climbing a mountain, learning about robotics, listening to Radiohead, or traveling through a foreign country where they don’t speak a word of the native language. For kids, those are adventures…and we need more of them. Don’t ignore the things you enjoy; encourage your kids to enjoy them too. Life is better that way.
7) What else would you share regarding your experiences as a father thus far?
It’s a messy job (literally), but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
8) What have been the most memorable experiences that you have had thus far as a parent?
My answer to this one changes with the day. The best memories, though, take place at bedtime. I have read to both of my kids every single night since they were born – picture books, comic books, chapter books, and novels. Feeding their imaginations is far and away the highlight of each day. Coming in a close second, though, is the one and only voice of Batman (Kevin Conroy) using his Batman voice to tell my daughter that he needs her help to catch the Joker
If you have any questions for Jamie Greene, please leave a comment here and I will make sure that he gets them so that he may be able to respond!