* Editor’s Note * We’re happy to start our post-vacation week with a husband-wife duel posting. Read Kurt’s tale of work + family, then read his wife — Alexandra Mack’s — story, here.
HOMETOWN / WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW? I was born and raised in Syracuse, NY; went to Arizona for grad school and work; moved to Cambridge, MA with my wife; and currently live in Monroe, CT.
@TWITTER @kurtzepp (tweet occasionally)
NUMBER OF CHILDREN One
DAY JOB I am a high school chemistry teacher .
RELATIONSHIP STATUS Married
FAVORITE CHILDREN’S BOOK I very much enjoy the Magic School Bus series.
HOW DO YOU COMBINE WORK AND FAMILY?
I am a teacher and my wife has a flexible corporate job which helps balance the time at home. My wife takes care of the mornings as I have to be at work early and I get the afternoons which include pickups, piano lessons, play dates.
HOW HAS PARENTING CHANGED YOU AS AN INDIVIDUAL?
I do less things for myself, such as working out, as I spend time with him.
HOW HAS PARENTING IMPACTED YOUR RELATIONSHIP?
We have less time for each other. Most days we are doing things that involve him until we get him to bed at 8 pm.
WHAT ARE YOUR STRENGTHS AS A PARENT AND WHAT ARE YOUR WEAKNESSES?
My strengths are that I try to be patient and I also try to put myself in my son’s position when something occurs. My weakness is that I am not always patient and get frustrated easily.
WHAT ARE YOUR PARTNER’S STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES?
My wife thinks through things (i.e., things to do, places to go, discipline) with many different scenarios. Nothing seems to be left out. Unfortunately she does this at warp speed and I often need more time to synthesize what was said.
WHO ELSE PROVIDES CHILDCARE FOR YOUR CHILDREN?
During the school year, my son goes to day care three days a week after school. We also have a sitter who can come in the mornings when my wife goes out of town or has to go to work before the school bus comes. We also have various responsible teenagers who babysit when we go out.
WHAT IS YOUR WORST PARENTING MOMENT?
When my son was a one year old and I was changing him on his table and he squirmed off. Fortunately he did not fall far and got a small bump on his head. We had it x-rayed to be sure it was not serious.
WHAT IS YOUR BEST PARENTING MOMENT?
Listening and watching my son rationalize something such as where he left his sneakers the night before.