Name: Gregory Shirley City: MONO, Ontario, Canada | Instagram: @bean_of_the_north
What does being a father mean to you?
Describe your experience with your father growing up and how that impacted you today.
What things did you take from your experience growing up into your own fatherhood journey?
Have you had any obstacles on your fatherhood journey?
The only obstacle I have faced is not having my oldest son under one roof 24/7. I missed being there for those special first moments and not being able to share the closeness one would feel when your children are under one roof. Missed out on bedtime and morning routines. Often the other party doesn’t realize how important those moments are in both a child’s life an the fathers life.
What advice would you give others new on their fatherhood journey?
If you could write a quick letter to your father, starting with “Dear Father,” what would you say?
Dear Father … Even though you don’t say much, the little you do say means the world to me. I love where our relationship is currently. Although we didn’t have the same type of relationship I now have with my children, I understand you did the best you could at that time . You have your old school ways but I love that I can always come to you with my new school problems. The advice you give is truly appreciated beyond words. I LOVE YOU!!
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