O’KEEYA SINGLETON Aka, Clark’s Dad.

AGE   34

HOMETOWN   Las Vegas, NV

@TWITTER   @MyDadExperience

FACEBOOK   MyDadExperience

ON THE WEB   My Dad Experience.com

NUMBER OF CHILDREN   One

DAY JOB   Stay-at-home Dad (SAHD) & freelance writer

RELATIONSHIP STATUS   Married

HOW DO YOU COMBINE WORK AND FAMILY?

My family is my work/job presently. I look after my little boy all day. I make dinner for everyone when my wife gets home. After we put my son to bed, if I have any energy left, I write about it all.

Rinse. Repeat.

HOW HAS PARENTING CHANGED YOU AS AN INDIVIDUAL?

Being a parent has made me somewhat more patient. I’ve slowed things down quite a bit. I drive slower and wait for people to finish crossing in the the cross-walk instead of driving around them. My horn gets blown and fewer four letter words are used.

HOW HAS PARENTING AFFECTED YOUR RELATIONSHIP?

My son is the biggest cock-blocker in the world, he tries to make sure that he remains an only child.

WHAT ARE YOUR STRENGTHS AS A PARENT AND WHAT ARE YOUR WEAKNESSES?

Weaknesses: communication – it’s hard to communicate with someone who can’t speak or understand you.
Strengths: problem solving – trying to figure out what his baby babble or crying means; and being a good male role model for him.

WHAT ARE YOUR PARTNER’S STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES?

My wife gives unconditional love and caring for our son. Basically, she’s a mom.

WHO ELSE PROVIDES CHILDCARE FOR YOUR CHILDREN?

It’s just me or mom, no nights out (without baby) for us, yet.

WHAT IS YOUR WORST PARENTING MOMENT?

My son’s cry is the worst sound in the world (to me). It’s very disturbing, high pitched, shrill and impossible to ignore. It’s worst than nails on a chalkboard. On occasion, he just won’t stop crying and for the life of me, I can’t figure out why. I just feel helpless and tortured by an 18 1/2 lb terrorist. (I really feel bad for parents of children with colic. I don’t know how they deal with it.)

WHAT IS YOUR BEST PARENTING MOMENT?

My best moments aren’t that grandiose, just time spent tickling my son and hearing his joyful laugh and seeing his gummy grin.

Lisa Duggan

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

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