Name: Malcolm White | City: Conway, Arkansas | IG: @Theysayimcertified
What does being a father mean to you?
Being a father is my most important task in life. Being able to take part in molding my children into the amazing people that they shall become is what drives me from day to day.
Describe your experience with your father growing up and how that impacted you today.
My pops was around on summers and weekend’s mostly, when I was coming up. he showed me how, and at times how not to be a man. I worked everyday as a cleaner at my dads janitorial company starting at the age of 9 years old.he showed me the importance of being a man and earning money. Also taught me to take pride in what I did, no matter what it was, because tho he cleaned buildings, he also had the biggest house in his neighborhood.
What things did you take from your experience growing up into your own fatherhood journey?
I had young parents my mom is now only 43 and I’m 29 and her oldest so she pretty much was learning as she grew in maturity.she couldn’t really handle me when I started acting out so most my teenage years were spent in juvenile facilities.from that I learned that being locked up was something I didn’t want to be lol, so I moved different and elevated my trend of thought so I wouldn’t repeat that time of my life in the future.
Have you had any obstacles on your fatherhood journey?
I am a single dad( who is not on child support) I have had the whole baby mama drama situation going on. I would consider my kids mom to be bitter at one point but honestly i learned that if you can learn how to control and/or compress your feelings then there shouldn’t be anymore problems.just ignore the negative and overwhelm it with love and positivity.
What advice would you give others new on their fatherhood journey?
There is no such thing as the right way to parent. Embrace the fact that you are learning and pay attention to your Progress.
If you could write a quick letter to your father, starting with “Dear Father,” what would you say?
It would say thank you! You did an amazing job.I learn from your wins and your losses.you’ve been a teacher throughout my whole life and words can’t explain how much the days we spent together mean to me.
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