June 12, 2017

Real Dads And What They Want This Year

Words : Moment

 

With the Big Day right around the corner, we wanted to get advice from some of our favorite Instagram Dads about what the creative fathers in our lives might want for Father’s Day.

We chatted about their wish lists and about their experience being a dad.

Here’s what they had to say:



 

@samciurdar

Sam Ciurdar



 Q: What was fatherhood’s biggest surprise for you?

 A: “When I got married, I thought there was no way I could ever love anyone else as much as I love my wife... and then we had a baby and my heart grew instantly by a million sizes."

 

Q: What’s on your Father’s Day wish list this year?

 A: “I’d love to get my hands on the Sony a9 , but I am waiting patiently, in hopes that they announce the a7s III soon!”



 @jorgeq

Jorge Quinteros


 

Q: What have you learned from being a dad?

A: “It's impossible to be able to commit to every opportunity that may come up in life because ultimately there's a sacrifice needed in order to carry it out. So, before responding to opportunities, I always consider if it will add value to me, or whether it will take time away I could be spending with my kids, especially now since there's still young.”

 

Q: What’s on your Father’s Day wish list this year?

A: “I am really into the new Glif .” 





@benjhaisch

Benj Haisch

 

Q: What’s the best thing about being a dad?

A: “My son just turned one, and I think the best thing about being a dad is how much my perspective on the depth of life has expanded. Read all the books you want, but nothing adequately prepares you for holding that baby in your arms.”

 

Q: What’s on your Father’s Day wish list this year?

A:  “Haha want to know what's legitimately on my wishlist? The V2 Moment wide lens and iPhone 7Plus case

 



 

@mr.jones

Stephen Jones


 

Q: What have you learned from being a dad?

A: “One thing I learned most about Fatherhood is the ability to be gentle and patient when all hell breaks loose.”

 

Q: What’s on your Father’s Day wish list this year?

A: “My baby boy’s birthday is June 16th, so the REI Garage Sale!”

 



 

@andrewheartsbacon

Andrew Stoner


 

Q: What’s the best advice you could give new fathers?

A: “It's crazy watching your child grow up before your eyes. Everyone tells you time flies by, but it doesn't really sink in until it's happening. The clock speeds up, and it's all you can do to try to stay in the moment and be present. Soak it all in, and make meaningful memories. Kids are so many things. They can make the hardest days harder, or turn everything around with one adorable little laugh. Ultimately, fatherhood is one more mirror to recognize your flaws and continue to improve. It helps you recognize that you'll always have shortcomings but also helps foster the desire to be the best you can be. Fatherhood is working towards that day after day.”

 

Q: What’s on your Father’s Day wish list this year?

A: A sweet pack of film to capture memories.




@justinwhenry

Justin Whenry

 


Q: What have you learned from being a dad?

A: “My greatest unexpected realization about being a father is that learning from my son can be even more meaningful than what I can teach him. Embracing this has opened the door for a communal relationship, in which everything from ideas to love are shared mutually.”

 

Q: What’s on your Father’s Day wish list this year?

A: “I’d love the Taylor of Old Bond Street shaving cream.” 

 



 

@jshua_daniel

Joshua Kolbenschlag


 

Q: What’s the best thing about being a dad?

A: “Really it's the overwhelming love I have for the little guy. I thought I'd at least have to hold him to have a special moment or get teary eyed, but the minute I SAW him I bawled my eyes out. It really comes down to the fact that he's mine, and nothing can change that. So I guess you can say things are getting pretty serious. The poop, so much poop. we've already used over 100 diapers in a week and half, literally.

But seriously, no one could've prepared me for how intense I was, worried about him. I've had to give it to God, ‘cause I was instantly concerned for his life in every realistic and non-realistic way. Everything was dangerous, haha! I love that my son needs me to look after him now, but the sad thought is that he's gonna grow up and be able to eat, sleep, and do things without my help.”

 

Q: What’s on your Father’s Day wish list this year?

A: On my wishlist: Something to relax on with my wife and son.  

 




@moment

Marc Barros 



 

Q: What do you admire most about being a father? What is something no one could’ve prepared you for?

The vulnerability of children, it reminds you every day about what matters in life.

All of it. There really isn't a way to prepare for being a parent. Yes you can learn how to take care of a baby but none of that prepares you for the emotional aspect of being a father. You instantly fall in love with someone you've never met and at the same time it feels like you've known each other your whole life. Your children need you and it goes much deeper then physically providing.

 

A: On my wishlist:

More time. You start to realize that kids have lots of stuff and if you are resourceful there are plenty of ways to find hand me down toys, clothes, etc.  But the one gift you never get enough of with your children is time with them.

 



Becoming a parent isn’t easy, but it’s one of the most amazing adventures a person can choose. Sure, you can read a bunch of books, listen to your parents, or seek advice from professionals, but there is no knowledge that will prepare you for those sleepless nights, cleaning spaghetti off the ceiling, uncontrollable laughing attacks, teenage tantrums, or mending your child’s first broken heart.

 

It's times like this that make you wonder, just how in the world your parents did it. It puts life into a whole new perspective. A perspective you never saw coming, but one you wouldn’t change for the world.

So make sure to say thank you to all the dads in your life this week.




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