MEL MONROE STEWART Going for the gold in parenting is no easy task.

Dive in, the parenting's fine.

AGE   42

HOMETOWN   Austin, Texas

NUMBER OF CHILDREN   One daughter, 11 years old

DAY JOB   Partner at Gold Medal Media, video production; Alumni Director for the USA National Team/Olympic Team; USA Swimming Foundation Ambassador (we raise money for families who cannot afford swimming lessons for their children).

RELATIONSHIP STATUS   Married 12 years to the love of my life, Tiffany Stewart

@TWITTER   @goldmedalmel  (Editor’s Note: Mel earned his Twitter name when he won two gold medals and one bronze medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.)

ON THE WEB   www.goldmedalmel.com (Where I blog about the Olympic industry from behind the scenes)

HOW DO YOU COMBINE WORK AND FAMILY?

My wife owned and ran a real estate business from 2002-2008. Before the real estate crash, my wife’s income outpaced mine. We did some math and figured out that it cost more for me to work than it would for me to simply be a stay-at-home-dad. So I became “Mr. Mom”, or, as my wife called me, her Olympic House Husband. It was an incredibly tough job, 24/7 work. I was humbled by the immense responsibility, and I also gained a lot of respect and appreciation for what my mother did for me. I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything in the world. Now my wife and I share parenting duties equally as we’re both partners in our business.

WORST PARENTING MOMENT

When my daughter was three, she developed a tendency to say “fuck” whenever she got frustrated; at home, the grocery store, out to dinner with my in-laws. I asked my wife if I used that colorful metaphor a lot. “Yes, more than you realize,” she shot back. I dropped the word from my vocabulary and thankfully was able to wean my daughter from using it.

BEST PARENTING MOMENT

It’s a tie between teaching my daughter to swim and teaching her to love reading. The first was relatively easy, but very satisfying to witness. Teaching her to love reading wasn’t so easy. Our attempts fell short again and again. We always read to her, but getting her to dive into a book with passion just never clicked—until we read “The Hunger Games” series together. That series did it. Now if we can just get her inspired about taking Latin….

Lisa D

Lisa Duggan is the founder of The Modern Village, and publisher of TheParentduJour.com and TheMotherHoodBlog.com.

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