#1000FearlessFathers: Ja’Marr Daye says “Teaching through play is what draws your children to you.”

Name: Ja’Marr Daye | City: Durham, NC | Instagram: @ja_marrd

What does being a father mean to you?

The goal of a father’s involvement is to nurture his child’s intellectual, emotional, physical, social and spiritual development. The key is to focus on his child’s strengths utilizing the natural assets of a father’s parenting style. Teaching through Play – Teaching through play is what draws your children to you.

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Describe your experience with your father growing up and how that impacted you today.

I didn’t go grow up with my biological father. He was around but not consistent. We have a weird relationship, and as I got older I just refuse to accept how he treated me as his only son. Moreover, my mother married my father (not my biological father) around the age 5 or 6 years old. How much that impacted my life was major, and the way I comprehended that was why should I let my biological father even be around me and it be consistent and my mother married a man that’s not my blood father be more consistent then him. I didn’t accept that I don’t feel no child should.

What things did you take from your experience growing up into your own fatherhood journey?

1) Do not ever give up. …
2) Relationships take time. …
3) Be accountable for your actions. …
4) Treat everyone like how you want to be treated. …
5) Don’t allow anyone to take advantage of you..
6) Do not underestimate yourself. …
7) Do not be afraid to ask for help. …
8) Know what you stand for.

What advice would you give others new on their fatherhood journey?

Protect them. As a dad, one of your main roles is protector.

Spend your spare time with them. When we get home from work, often we’re tired and just want to relax.

Give them hugs.

Play with them.

Do the “mom” stuff.

Read to them…

Stand by mom.

If you wanted to write a quick note to your father, starting with “Dear Father,” what would it be?

Dear Father,

Your love is everything for me, and you encourage me in every situation. You hug me even if I do something wrong, You smile at me even if I lie to you, You are always there for me no matter what happens. I love you, father!

List some fathers you cosign

1 @j_white

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