JOHN TAYLOR “We do what we have to do because we are parents.”

Yo, Daddy.

* Editor’s Note * It was exactly one year ago today that John’s profile appeared on The Parent du Jour. Today, we re-run John’s story with a specific purpose: to raise love, prayers and money for our friend.

John was recently diagnosed with metastatic testicular cancer. He has already undergone surgery and faces months of chemotherapy and radiation.

John and his wife are working parents to two adorable children. They need your love and your material help. If you can, please read John’s story, then click here to see his campaign on Give Forward, and give what you can.

And/or, follow John @TheDaddyYoDude and send him messages of love and hope.

John said, “We do what we have to because we are parents.” Now’s it’s time to for him to fight cancer with everything he’s got, for his kids and his family. Won’t you please help our friend to “Live. Fight. Win.”

AGE   28

HOMETOWN   Lebanon, VA

NUMBER OF CHILDREN   Two; Little Man (4) and Little Girl (2)

DAY JOB   Full time cook and part time manager at Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar

RELATIONSHIP STATUS   Married

@TWITTER   @TheDaddyYoDude

GOOGLE+   John Taylor (TheDaddyYoDude)

ON THE WEB   TheDaddyYoBlog.com

FAVORITE CHILD   if applicable* (we’re joking*)  Huh, what? I don’t have a “favorite” child. I love both of my children equally and to no end.

HOW DO YOU COMBINE WORK AND FAMILY?

This is perhaps one of the toughest aspects of being a dad. In our house, I am the only one currently working. My wife quit work to stay home just a few months before our first child was born. Working in food service, the hours are never the same and I work a lot of 12 hour days, or shifts where I am off at midnight and back on at 7am. Over the last four years we have learned to manage free time very diligently to get everything done that has to be done. My time at home is usually spent with the kiddos while my wife gets out for a while, and takes care of getting bills paid and such. Time is another part of our budgeting process. We do what we have to do because we are parents, and that is what we are called to do.

WORST PARENTING MOMENT

The first time Little Man told me that I had hurt his feelings. After being punished with no TV for hitting his little sister, the poor guy had just had enough for that evening. He turns around with the biggest puppy dog eyes, his frown turned all the way down to his chin, and said, “Daddy, you hurt my feelings.”

BEST PARENTING MOMENT

Honestly, any time one of my kids tells me they love me without me having said it first. It’s then, and only then, that I get a real sense of pride in knowing that I must have done something right.

Lisa D

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

5 thoughts on “JOHN TAYLOR “We do what we have to do because we are parents.”

  • September 6, 2011 at 8:55 pm
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    It stings when they say “That hurt my feelings.” My four-year-old has been saying, “I won’t be your kid anymore!” when he doesn’t get his way. It’s even rubbed off on his sister. Hearing a not-even-three-year-old say that is painful too! Thankfully, they both blurt out that they love me, and even sometime like me – a much more elusive compliment – pretty often.

    Great photo!

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    • September 7, 2011 at 10:47 am
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      I think we’ve all had that moment when we think, “Who taught this kid to express himself?”

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    • September 7, 2011 at 10:47 am
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      I think we’ve all had that moment when we think, “Who taught this kid to express himself?”

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  • September 8, 2011 at 5:42 am
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    This is why you are da man and a dude that I’m not ashamed to admit I dig, though not at all in a gay way. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But I’m not.

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  • September 26, 2012 at 11:14 am
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    Many golden rings around you and your family, John. I’m pulling for you!

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