Darrell O’Neal Says, “I make sure to lead my family with love”

Name: Darrell O’Neal | City: Columbus, OH | IG: @DJDurl and @FatherhoodFraternity

What does being a father mean to you?

Being a father means that everything I do will impact the quality of life for my kids. I make sure to lead my family with love and i strive to make sure everyone is heard and understood.

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

My father has always been a hard worker, and that took away from our quality time. He did what he felt was best and I never needed anything in my childhood because he provided it. What I learned from that is, I can shower my kids with gifts, but I know from experience, that your presence, as a father, is more valuable than anything you can buy.

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

I took the negatives and I am making them positives. The lack of attention and patience that I felt, I am being more aware of that with my daughters. I don’t always succeed, but I do check myself when I am going off the path.

Have you had any obstacles on your fatherhood journey?

My biggest obstacle has been myself. My way of thinking about myself some times hinders me. I have a bad self image and I almost started to pass those thoughts and actions to my daughter, and once I noticed it, I cut it

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

Find your tribe and ask question. Like a lot of questions. To yourself, and to others.

If you could write a quick letter to your father, starting with “Dear Father,” what would you say?

Dear Father,
I thank you for your efforts and insight. I apologize that it took so long for me to understand, but I am glad our relationship has grow so much since I have become a father.

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1 @detroitfather
2 @ohitsdevin
3 @diontesays
4 @yavesellis

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