Name: Calvin Washington | City: District Heights | IG: @Mr.C_Washington
What does being a father mean to you?
The unconditional love I have for my daughters is unexplainable. The amount of love I have for my girls would move mountains! Being a father means to provide, to nurture, to share a bond with my kids, and teach them to fear nothing but God and worship his name.
Describe your experience with your father growing up and how that impacted you today.
Growing up with my father was tough because he was strict and a huge disciplinarian. Even though he had this side to him, he passionately taught me how to become a man. Seeing how he took care of my family gave me a blue print on how I should take care of my family. Now that I’m a man, I understand how much of a blessing that was.
What things did you take from your experience growing up into your own fatherhood journey?
Top priority for me is being present and spending quality time with my girls. Growing up, my family always been close. My parents kept me busy in sports, modeling, acting, and traveling. It’s important to me that I make sure my daughters have the same memorable experiences.
Have you had any obstacles on your fatherhood journey? If so, explain.
Co-parenting has definitely been an obstacle in my fatherhood journey because I always envisioned and hoped to raise my kids in one household like I was raised.
What advice would you give others new on their fatherhood journey?
Stay in your kids’ life PERIOD. No excuse. A relationship with your son/daughter will be one of the most important relationships they will ever have.
If you wanted to write a quick letter to your father, starting with “Dear Father,” what would you say?
Dear Father, I wish you were here now with me to see the man you created. I wish you could have met your grandkids. I miss you. Love you. Until we meet again. RIP Dad!
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