HOMETOWN(S) Houston, TX / Brooklyn, NY
GOOGLE+ Byron Ward
ON THE WEB
MixTapeComedy.com (under reconstruction)
NUMBER OF CHILDREN Two girls; one is 13 years old and the other is 16 months old
DAY JOB Digital marketing consultant (Jargon Media) /artist manager (Soul Khan) / producer (Mixtape Comedy Show)
RELATIONSHIP STATUS Engaged
HOW DO YOU COMBINE WORK AND FAMILY?
The youngest is in daycare three days a week, and with a nanny for one day. Fridays are pretty much the days I take off. There was a period when my fiancé was home all the time and she was with the baby mostly, but she recently got a full time gig and now I’m a pseudo “Mr. Mom.” Juggling the baby and work gets crazy but we both manage.
It’s taught me to manage my time more efficiently during the day. Any work related items that I can’t finish during the day I knock out late at night, when everybody’s sleep. It also helps that I only need 5-6 hours of sleep.
HOW HAS PARENTING CHANGED YOU AS AN INDIVIDUAL? For instance are you now careful, when pre-children you led bungee jumping and sky-diving expeditions?
Definitely don’t care about superficial things as much. All that I need to make me happy are the simple things in life—and the comfort of knowing my girls are healthy and safe. And yes, all sky-diving-super-testosterone-ideas went out the window once I became a father.
WHAT ARE YOUR STRENGTHS AS A PARENT AND WHAT ARE YOUR WEAKNESSES?
Discipline is definitely my strength. I think when you set boundaries you have to adhere to them and not give in to the cute little faces they make. I don’t win all the time, but enough of the time so that they understand ‘no’ means ‘no’.
My weakness is that I’m not as active as my fiancé. She’s more the parent who takes them to parks, rides bikes, goes to parties, etc. Right now I’m more of a homebody and a stroll-around-the-block type of parent. I look forward to when their activities involve sports like golf, or basketball, so I’ll have more of a desire to be active with them.
WHAT IS YOUR WORST PARENTING MOMENT?
The youngest is getting to the age where she tests you. I have a lot of patience but it definitely grates on my nerves. Sometimes you have to count to five and then respond.
WHAT IS YOUR BEST PARENTING MOMENT?
When our 16 month-old says “Please” and “Thank You”, and when everybody comments on how happy and easygoing she is. Another is just being able to put a smile on both of my daughter’s faces. It makes all the craziness in life that much more worth it.