Karama Croom Says The example my father set is one of the main reasons I strive to be the best Dad I can be for my children.

Name: Karama Croom : San Diego, California | @Kingscrill619

What does being a father mean to you?

To me being a father means trying you’re hardest to lead by example and equip your children with the tools necessary to be happy, successful, positive, well rounded individuals who can help make this world and their communities better than what they inherited.

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

I’m extremely blessed to have an incredible father who tried his hardest to be the type of Dad he unfortunately never had. We’ve had our ups and downs over the years, but I appreciate, respect and love him more than words could express. The example my father set is one of the main reasons I strive to be the best Dad I can be for my children.

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

One of the main things I took from my experience growing up into my own fatherhood journey is the importance of the role a father plays in shaping who his children become (both positive and negative)…I try to take my experiences growing up both negative and positive and use them to guide my own journey as a father.

Have you had any obstacles on your fatherhood journey?

I’ve definitely had obstacles over the course of my journey, but the main thing I’ve taken from them is that no matter what circumstances we as father’s may be faced with, it’s still our job to be the best we can be for our children. It’s not always easy, but it’s always worth it

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

The best advice I can give is to realize our children don’t need us to be perfect, they need us to be present and genuine. None of us have it all figured out, but ultimately as long as you can look in the mirror (and in your children’s eyes) and know you’ve given your best the rest will take care of itself…as fathers we’ll inevitably make mistakes, but when we do I feel it’s important to acknowledge them to our children and try to make it right.

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

Dear Father, I just want to acknowledge, thank you and let you know how much I love, honor and respect you. You laid the blueprint for me to follow and build on and for that I truly thank you.

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