Marcel Neal Says “Any man can make a baby, but only a real man can raise his children”

Name: Marcel Neal Sr. : San Francisco, Ca | @Marceln22

What does being a father mean to you?

Being a father is everything to me because I was truly blessed and fortunate to have a great father in my life. Having 3 small kids and all of them being boys is the most amazing thing that’s happened to me. Being able to be a positive role-model for them is all I’m striving to be. I live by the Furious Styles quote “Any man can make a baby, but only a real man can raise his children”

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

My father was a great inspiration for me and my brothers growing up! He made sure I had food on the table, clothes on my back. He always videotaped my bball games growing up and took me to AAU games as a youngster. He’d always cook at the house, so that’s why I wanted to be the chef of my house when I became a husband and dad. Whenever I was in a jam or needed someone to talk to, my pops was always there to have my back and that’s why I’m always going to have my kids back, always!

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

First and foremost, implementing that the word “can’t” doesn’t exist in our household. You can do whatever you put your mind to.

Teaching my kids that having a positive attitude towards things and people will take you places that negativity won’t.

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

The best advice I can give to other fathers out there, especially new fathers, is that patience is very important! Never let them see you off your A-game. Even when you are having the most miserable of days, make sure that when your kids see you your head is up and attentive. They didn’t choose to be here so it’s up to you to realize how blessed you are to have them in your life!

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

Dear Father, thank you for being my biggest inspiration! I’m striving to become the best father I can be because of how you raised me. To be independent, loving, educated, and an upstanding man is what you always taught me to be and with those lessons, I’m going to teach my kids to be the same way! Thank you for being my motivation dad…

Love,
Marcel

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