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Dec 17, 2021

Parenting a pre-teen and the Challenges of being a dad

Imagine receiving a call from the hospital at 5 am asking you to immediately take your child to the hospital. You try explaining to them that the child is sleeping, but they insist you have to go. It happened to me when my daughter was diagnosed with diabetes.

It was a difficult moment for all of us since her life changed. She had to be on insulin which made her gain some weight.  My daughter is a pre-teen, and you can only imagine what the weight gain did to her. My wife and I had to encourage her a lot. Fortunately, she is such a positive kid.

In this episode, I want to share the struggles I have gone through being a dad to my daughter, how I get along with my family and an encouragement to all the dads out there.

Listen in and learn.

Four Things you'll Learn from this Episode

  • When you are parenting a pre-teen or a teen, you have to be extremely careful because they are very vulnerable.
  • If you want something, you need to go for it. You can't keep wishing that you have it and doing nothing about it. For instance, if you feel you have gained some weight that needs to go, you have to work on that; otherwise, it won't go.
  • Being a parent is such a huge blessing that you cannot afford to take it for granted. Many people would love to have kids, but they don't.
  • If you are a businessperson, your goal should always be to become better. For instance, if you made X amount of money last year, you should do better than X this year.

Noteworthy Moments:

[01:19] How I became a dad

[06:10] Getting my daughter's diabetic diagnosis

[17:15] What does it mean to be a good father?

 

Quotes

"When you're entering into a situation to have an arrangement with a dude or a young lady, you got to think about how that's going to affect your kids."

"If you're with somebody that is not important to you, you're between a rock and a hard place."

"You have to bust your ass if you're going to be super successful."

"There's a lot of stuff about owning a business that you're not ever going to know until you do it and fail."

"It's important to have somebody in your life that you can count on, and it's equally vital to feel like somebody counts on you."

 

 

KW used: Challenges of being a dad, parenting a pre-teen, family, diabetic diagnosis, businessperson.