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BRIAN KLEMS The Life of Dad.

The Captain and his crew, updated*. Photo by Loft3 Photo & Design

AGE   32

HOMETOWN   Cincinnati OH

NUMBER OF CHILDREN   Three

DAY JOB   Online Editor of Writer’s Digest Magazine

RELATIONSHIP STATUS   Married

@TWITTER   @BrianKlems

ON THE WEB   TheLifeOfDad.com

GOOGLE+   Brian Klems

FAVORITE CHILD   if applicable* (we’re joking*)

Whichever one is spending more time eating her dinner than making faces at herself in the mirror on our dining room wall.

HOW DO YOU COMBINE WORK AND FAMILY?

We found a wonderful woman who watches our girls while we work, but the minute the clock hits closing time my wife and I are off to spend the rest of the evening laughing with, loving, and entertaining our girls. Those hours are my favorite of the day.

HOW HAS PARENTING CHANGED YOU AS AN INDIVIDUAL?

I no longer go out playing foosball with my friends until well later than I should and I can once again watch cartoons without feeling guilty. I’m also no longer scared of baby vomit.

HOW HAS PARENTING AFFECTED YOUR RELATIONSHIP?

In most ways parenthood has pulled us closer together. My wife’s an amazing mom and I really admire how hard she works at her job and at home. She’s an excellent role model for all three of our daughters, which is one of the things I love most about her. It makes her sexy.

Also, the only difference in our communication is we are more straight-forward and honest about things now. No time to play games or create elaborate plans to dominate our relationship (who are we kidding—I was always losing that battle anyway). Honestly, this shift has caused less fighting and generally keeps us on the same page. Now we’re on a team—which is good, because as our girls eventually become teenagers I know our “team” will need to create a 5-year gameplan on how to keep the girls from killing each other.

WHAT ARE YOUR STRENGTHS AS A PARENT AND WHAT ARE YOUR WEAKNESSES?
Strengths = Bug squashing. And giving my daughters unprecedented levels of hugs. If I were a superhero, I’d be Captain Hugs-A-Lot.

Weaknesses = Multitasking. I can either play with the kids or do something productive. I can’t do both at the same time. My wife somehow will play, clean, shower and Facebook all at the same time. How she does it is a mystery that even Captain Hugs-A-Lot can’t solve.

WORST PARENTING MOMENT

Watching my middle daughter (about 12 months at the time) tumble down the outside steps because my eldest daughter (2.5 years) let her out the back door because, according to my eldest, “She wanted to go outside and play.” I felt so helpless and the worst feeling as a parent is feeling like you can’t help your kids when they need you most. It was awful. Thankfully, she was fine.

I, on the other hand, was scarred for life.

BEST PARENTING MOMENT

Any time my girls plop down on my lap and ask me to read a book. It’s not only the most comforting feeling in the world, it combines the three things I love most: my kids, reading and listening to my wife laugh at me as I try to give all the characters in the books unique, accented voices (and fail miserably at it). While she’d never say it, I think she’s subtly hinting at it by buying books with fewer characters. But I’ll never stop because that’s part of what makes those moments so special to me.

I can only hope my kids remember it as fondly as I do.

 

* Editor’s Note: Posted is an updated photo of Brian and his family. The photo we included on our original post date, Thursday September 29, was an older one, and did not include the Klems’ newest member.

 
  • simmerartist

    Brian, I’ve been enjoying you for years, through all your Writer’s Digest work, your “Life of Dad” blog and now even on Twitter! From all I’ve witnessed over the years, you’re a talented, funny guy who’s VERY loving toward his beautiful family 🙂

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