Name: Jonathan Barthelemy : Miami, FL | IG @J0n_b
What does being a father mean to you?
Being a father means you get to be an example and a leader for your children. My children are the world to me and I want to make sure they are protected, encouraged, and inspired to be a better version each and every day.
Describe your experience with your father growing up and how that impacted you today.
Although my father was involved in our lives, but we only saw him twice a year because he was always working and traveling for work. His career really had a tremendous impact on my childhood because I felt that he loved his career more than his children. I vowed to myself that when I have children of my own, my career will never come before them and that I will always be there for them.
What things did you take from your experience growing up into your own fatherhood journey?
Compassion and patience. I had to learn that not everyone is like me and that would get me upset. Being around and growing up with my siblings I had to learn to evolve to a more compassionate and patient person. And now, these traits are really helping raise my princesses.
Have you had any obstacles on your fatherhood journey?
Of course, before my first born daughter turned one. Her mom and I had gone through a bad break up as matter a fact, we were engaged to be married. It really took a toll on me to the point where I was depressed and angry. But I had to be strong for my daughter and be a father and be her hero
What advice would you give others new on their fatherhood journey?
Continue to learn and engage with your child(ren). You will make mistakes but it’s how you overcome and learn from them. Remember, they are always watching and it’s up to you to be that example for them.
If you could write a quick letter to your father, starting with “Dear Father,” what would you say?
Although you weren’t always there, but you made sure we had everything we needed. Thank you and I love you.
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