Name: Charles Brice City: Tampa, FL | Instagram: @CB2n3
What does being a father mean to you?
What things did you take from your experience growing up into your own fatherhood journey?
Have you had any obstacles on your fatherhood journey? If so, explain.
I’ve had many obstacles as a father. Two main ones are not being attentive enough with my son and daughter. Another one is not being emotionally sensitive with them as well. I can into my oldest son’s life when he was 5years old , that’s when I met his mother. My dad didn’t do sports and family time with me so I found myself doing the samething until my wife said hey sir, that’s not we doing over here lol. And she was right. I become more attentive to him, instead of my chilling when I’m off of work. Sports, boxing, you name it, we did it. My daughter doesn’t live with me, so at the beginning of her life I was not there as much as I should have, due to military life and the problem of not being with her mother. I had my daughter before I married my sons mom. My son was and my daughter was almost 2. Now they are 16 and 12. I wasn’t emotionally conscious enough for them at a time as well. I didn’t know how to be, I thought for boys we had to be tough no crying and for my lil girl I was not available for her feelings. Through family talks and therapy, I’ve learned how to be available for both in their own way. And learned how to be available for my emotions and how to handle them.
What advice would you give others new on their fatherhood journey?
Listen, be humble, communicate, ask questions, and tend to and heal childhood trauma
If you could write a quick letter to your father, starting with “Dear Father,” what would you say?
Dear Father, I love you, miss you, and forgive you. I understand what you went through and where you came from. You always told me to be better then you, but I really didn’t know you to be better than you or to even be you. I’m sorry we left you in that home, forgive us. Forgive Mom. I love you.
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