Welcome to the kickoff of a new series here at DaddyMindTricks that we like to call, DadsLikeUs. It’s all about profiling fellow fathers out there in the world to learn more about what makes us all tick as dads.
As fathers in this vast society we call Earth, we all come from many different walks of life – from cultures to experiences to locales – but one thing that brings us all together is our unconditional love for the those little ones that take up so much of our time.
In this new series, DadsLikeUs plans to profile the movers and shakers and find out what brings us all together. Along the way, we may all learn from each other to discover some hardcore knowledge about this thing we call parenting.
To kickoff the journey, we’re taking a quick trip into the blogosphere to chat with a fellow dad blogger.
DadofDivas was launched in 2007 after founder Christopher Lewis welcomed his second daughter into the world. Since then, he’s been writing and podcasting about his successes and struggles of learning the ins and outs of fatherhood and has developed one of the most frequented Dad Blogs available.
His “Dads in the Limelight” series has featured over 700 dads, including yours truly, to showcase the many different dads all trying to navigate the world of fatherhood through involvement and engagement.
Related: Dads in the Limelight – Pete Cataldo of Daddy Mind Tricks
We turned the table on Christopher and interviewed him to learn about how he survives the day-to-day grind of being a dad.
DadsLikeUs: Christopher Lewis of DadofDivas
Name: Christopher Lewis
Location: Williamston, Michigan
Occupation: College Administrator
Number of kids: 2
One word that best describes how you parent: Engaged
How do you balance fatherhood, marriage, work and social life?
It is a challenge. I find that I do a lot of work in the mornings before people get up, however I have found that it is so important to take time for yourself to find your center, your friendships, your passion. If you lose track of this it will impact other aspects of your life.
How do you recharge?
I have my go-to TV shows, many of which surround superheros. However Dr. Who is also a big favorite!
Funniest moment as a dad?
Probably the first time we were bathing my daughter and she pooped in the tub. Definitely not expected and it was something that just cracked us up!
Scariest moment as a dad?
When my eldest was born. We had been in the hospital for a very long time and my wife was not moving along as they were hoping and the doctor told us that they were concerned with the heart rate of our child and thus my wife was rushed out of the room into emergency C-Section.
What’s your sleep routine like?
Sleep, what’s sleep? I get too little sleep and am trying to make adjustments in this as I know how important sleep is!
What’s your best time-saving trick/life hack?
Use Evernote to keep track of things as you find them!! Never lose those great ideas again!
What everyday thing are you better at than everyone else?
People tell me that I am someone that simply can get things done. Put a task in front of me and I am tenacious until it is complete!
What do you do to keep your marriage running smoothly between all of the chaos of work and fatherhood?
Sometimes I struggle with this. I know there have been times when I have put more time into other aspects of my life. Recently I have been working to re-prioritize things and we are watching more shows together. We put together puzzles or play games and even have a date now and then!
What are you currently reading?
The new Dirk Pitt novel!
What’s the biggest challenge/surprise that hit you since becoming a father?
The amount of patience that you have to have as a parent and how you have to be willing to let go of a ton to maintain your sanity!
How (if at all) has fatherhood changed you?
I have been changed in many ways. I am very passionate about my kids’ activities and am uber engaged in many ways. I have had to become more patient and understanding too!
What’s the best advice (parenting or just life in general) you’ve ever received?
There will always be something else to achieve. Do not live your life with the mindset of “I will do it when I do _________” Live for the day and moment and live life to the fullest, always!
Where can we find you on the Interwebz (website, twitter, facebook page, etc.)?
The DadsLikeUs series asks fellow fathers to to share their stories, advice, cautionary tales and much more. If you know a dude-turned-dad that you think should be featured here, or if you have some interesting questions you think I should ask, email us at DaddyMindTricks [at] gmail [dot] com.