Name: Stanton Boone | Instagram: @Yurz_Truly07
What does being a father mean to you?
It’s the most important purpose in my life’s journey. Insuring that my children are giving the best chances I can provide in order for them to become successful good natured individuals. It is my job and privilege to push them towards excellence and not mediocrity. Being there for them daily in whatever capacity is needed whether I need to be friend, joke teller, good cop, disciplinarian, teacher, counselor, dance/singing partner, or just listening ear. Being a dad is who I am and it’s a job I love doing every morning I open my eyes.
Describe your experience with your father growing up and how that impacted you today.
My dad was always there. Every practice, recitals, school function, field trip, sick day, etc. He made sure that we got the piece of chicken that we liked the best. My dad was that T.V. dad that read bedtime stories to us before we went to sleep. Made sure we had experiences outside of the stereotypical norm and made sure we are dinner together every night. Whether we were eating around the table or in front of the T.V., it was required that we eat together. Took us on vacations in most of the U.S. states, camping trips in most of Texas’ state parks. Because of my father, I help my 3 school age kids with their homework everyday. I pick up and take my son to every football training, practice, and game. Even volunteer to Asst. Coach whenever needed. I wash the dishes with my daughter and practice her gymnastics routines in the game room even after being yelled at by her mom to “Take that OUTSIDE!!!” Because my dad was who he was to my siblings, my mom, and me my sons know to open the door for their mom. sisters, and other ladies. How to change oil and tires and brakes on a car. My daughters know how they’re suppose to be treated as princesses yet never believe they’re better than anyone. Time is better than material gifts and games. Because of Steven B. Sr., I will always be there for my children even the times I can’t physically be there.
What advice would you give others new on their fatherhood journey?
Patience and Love are not just kind words to say or think of. They are tools that are going to be needed. They need to be used often. The more you use them, the better they work. That it is ok to take some “ME” time but don’t go far for long because moms need “ME” time too. Read, smile, and hug your little one(s) everyday. .
If you wanted to write a quick note to your father, starting with “Dear Father,” what would it be?
Dear Father, there are not words in English language to explain the amount of thanks I am for the fact that God blessed me with you as a Life Trainer. You never lied to me and taught me the things you didn’t even learn until you were already a man. You were at every function I ever had. Taught me how to not just be a man but my own man. To not follow the crowd but to forge my own course of what my internal compass said was the proper path. You let me fail but would not allow me to stay there. You told and showed me how to be a gentleman genuinely and not for show. To lend a helping arm down to the next man when they needed help up. Thank you for just being who you are and making me who I am.