D’Vante Morales Says Fatherhood is “Teaching me patience, compassion, empathy, and how to love unconditionally.”

Name: D’Vante Morales City: Augusta GA | Instagram: @modvante

What does being a father mean to you?

Impacting an innocent life in ways that can change the world and society for the better. Maturing me as a man. Teaching me patience, compassion, empathy, and how to love unconditionally.
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Describe your experience with your father growing up and how that impacted you today.

I had a very sporadic relationship with my father growing up. The minimal interactions that I did have with him held so much weight. I idolized everything he did and wanted to be just like him. Everything from the way he was with women, to his career choice, and even the way he used to spit.

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

I’ve learned the importance of explaining things to your kids and allowing them to understand why you discipline them the way you do and love them the way you do. Sometimes my daughter doesn’t always agree but I believe that transparency as a parent will teach her to be a critical thinker and understand concepts better.

Have you had any obstacles on your fatherhood journey?

My biggest obstacle was getting a divorce with my daughters mother. It has reduced the amount of time I’m able to see my daughter but I moved 5 miles away and can see her everyday and she stays with me anywhere from 3-5 nights a week. Continuing to be in her life and see her daily is a priority to me. Not just via FaceTime, but in person.

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

Have good intensions, a LOT of patience and don’t under estimate your child’s brain development. I talk to my 2 year old (soon to be 3) daughter like she’s 15. All the lessons don’t stick but you’d be surprised at how much she retains and shows that she understands.

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

Dear father, I know you were younger when you had me and still had some maturing to do. I appreciate your efforts and no longer hold resentment for the void I felt was in my life due to your lack of physical presence. I value our bond now and love you.

 

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