HOMETOWN Small town Nebraska native—but Chicago is home!
NUMBER OF CHILDREN Three children—2 boys and 1 girl
DAY JOB I left corporate America a little over four years ago after one of those “aha” moments—mine being a pretty aggressive cancer. I decided I simply needed to focus on being a dad 24/7.
So my job over the last few years has been raising my three children which has, hands down, been the best decision I’ve ever made. It’s also given me a chance to pursue a secret dream to write.
I currently write for three great publications, The Chicago Tribune’s TribLocal, Man of the House, and The Good Men Project. I’m also the inaugural “World’s Greatest Dad” for Man of the House. But my kids are asking for a recall.
My first book, Bobblehead Dad: 25 Life Lessons I Forgot I Knew, was released nationally on June 1.
RELATIONSHIP STATUS Single
HOW DO YOU COMBINE WORK AND FAMILY?
I am raising my kids alone so I have a real compassion for all single parents—men and women. I’m not complaining at all, but it’s tough at times. There’s never a break. There’s not another adult to pass the baton. I have to force myself to do things that are just for me. And when I do, I usually feel recharged and can’t wait to get back to my children.
WORST PARENTING MOMENT
I’ve arrived to the emergency room only to be told that my child may not survive. I’ve held more than one child through some very dark, emotional hours. I’ve truly thought the sun would never rise. But it always did.
BEST PARENTING MOMENT
Gosh, I stink at these questions. The moments are numerous. And they vary from child to child. When I see my child grow, overcome, expand and mature as a person, I feel on top of the world. When I see compassion in my kids’ hearts, I know all is right in life.
When I know my children are happy and healthy—physically and emotionally—I know I’ve done my job.