Name: Eniolami Ayobiojo | City: Powder Springs GA | IG: @E.ayobiojo
What does being a father mean to you?
Being a father is one of the most important things to me. I’m a steward for my children. I’m there to guide them, protect them, correct them, love on them and so much more. It means that I’m breaking generational curses and building memories and legacy for my children.
Describe your experience with your father growing up and how that impacted you today.
My experience with my father was amazing for while he was alive. I cherished the days where he picked me up from school just to have dad and son time without distractions. Till today I still deal with my kids with the mindset of “What would my dad do in this situation?” “How would he handle it?” My experiences with him made me look forward to being a present father and husband.
What things did you take from your experience growing up into your own fatherhood journey?
Being present for my kids is something I took from my experience with my dad. Because he was busy, when he did things with us, he was fully present. He made sure to cherish the time with us building memories and experiences that shaped me.
Have you had any obstacles on your fatherhood journey? If so, explain.
Learning how to be extremely patient. Being a father has taught me a new level of patience with little human beings and different personalities. I’m raising Me and I’m realizing how difficult it is to raise me.
What advice would you give others new on their fatherhood journey?
Enjoy the process. It’s not perfect and you’re not perfect. They are looking to see how you handle things. So laugh with them, love them, hug them, be present. You’re raising future leaders so lead them. Also find accountability partners who are examples of fatherhood to you. Draw from their experiences. Be willing to listen to them. They are willing to tell you if you’re willing to listen.
If you wanted to write a quick letter to your father, starting with “Dear Father,” what would you say?
Dear Dad, Thank you for being an amazing example to follow. Your shoes are big but not to big to fill. I’m so honored and thankful for being an example to me. I cherish our time together where you taught so many lessons in such a short time. Your presence is still here and your guidance is still going strong. We love you and honor you.
Name some other fathers you cosign.