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MODERN FATHER | Andrew Engelsman

Posted on May 18 2016

Name: Andrew
Age: 33
Spiritual Age (How old do you feel?):  33
Location: West Michigan
Occupation: Corrections Officer
Kid(s): 2 + 1 on the way

How would you describe your personal style?  Casual and comfortable with influences from the latest trends (says my wife)

What qualities and characteristics embody a Modern Father? I think a modern father is all about being present and active with your kids.  In the past, the roles of mothers and fathers were very different.  I think that's changing and the roles are becoming interchangeable.

How would you describe your parenting style?  I'm laid back and fun when I can be, but I think it's important to still be the leader for your kids and keep them in line.  It's my job to teach them how to be successful adults, and that means following the rules and being kind little humans.

How has becoming a father changed you?  I only had to think about myself and my marriage prior to kids.  After having kids, your worries, fears, and responsibilities double.  But, so does your happiness.  It's all worth it.

Best/Worst parenting moment so far?  My best parenting moments were the times I held my kids for the first time.  My worst was the time my daughter shot diarrhea all over me and the wall when she was just a few days old.  I had post traumatic stress syndrome for years after that every time I changed a diaper.

What are your hopes for your child(ren)?  I hope they grow up and become happy, independent, and successful adults.  I hope they are strong in their faith and trust God's plan for them.

Favorite thing to do with your kids?  We love to go for family bike rides, swim in our pool, and wrestle before bed.

What do you want your legacy to be?  I just want to make my kids and family happy and set a good example for them.

What fears do you have pertaining to being a father?  I fear for my children's safety daily and for their futures.  I think all dads do.

Who is your role model?  It's super cliche, but my dad is my role model.


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