Dad Chat – High Five Dad

Here’s the third in my Dad Chat series. This is from Eric at High Five Dad. Eric focuses his blog on his family and tips for readers on family finances. I think you’ll love his answer to question 3!

You’ll find links to his great blog at the bottom of the interview.

Please read on, enjoy, and check out his blog and social media.

1. Tell us about yourself and your family

Here's Eric and his family
Here’s Eric and his family

My name is Eric and currently blog over at High Five Dad. About 12 years ago I met my wife while teaching at an elementary school. She was a 2nd grade teacher and I was a 5th grade teacher. Even though we worked together, we didn’t really talk to each other. Outside of faculty meetings, we didn’t really cross paths. We didn’t start dating until after she started working at another school. I ran into her during the summer and we hit it off. I honestly knew after the first date that she was going to be my wife. It’s been 12 years and we are still just as in love.

We have two amazing boys, a 4 year old and a 4 month old. Sawyer is learning to swim this summer and absolutely has more energy then my wife and I. Cooper loves snuggles and watching his silly older brother.

2. Have you always wanted to be a Dad?

Absolutely! My wife and I both wanted to be parents. When we first got married, we decided to wait a couple years to start having kids but we always knew we wanted kids.

3. What’s the best thing about being a Dad?

That is a tough question because there are so many amazing things. There are moments of just pure joy that are so hard to explain because they are such simple moments. For example, just the other day my 4 month old and I were sitting on the couch and he looked up at me, smiled and gave out the biggest belly laugh.

Another time with my 4 year old, he was so excited to see me after work that he nearly tripped running to my truck. He leaped into my arms to tell me how he had caught a butterfly with his new net.

For me, it’s these moments that making being a dad amazing.

4. What’s the most challenging thing about being a Dad?

For me, the most challenging part is trying to balance work/ family life. As a dad, I struggle with this daily. Working long days to make sure I can provide for my family balanced with spending quality time with my family. There are days I come home exhausted or frustrated and I have to remember to be present for my boys and wife.

5. If you became a Dad again would you do anything differently? If so, what?

I don’t think I would do anything different. We have been blessed in so many ways and I couldn’t imagine it any other way.

6. What advice would you give to new dads?

Soak in the simple moments. Enjoy the moments when things don’t always goes as planned. We have found those to be some of our fondest moments. It’s not always the Kodak moments that stick with you but the times when things a bit less perfect.

Lastly, communicate with your wife. You are partners in this journey. Take time to yourself and just enjoy being together.

7. Social media links…

Twitter: @highfive_dad
Instagram: @HighFive_dad

There You Have It…

Thanks for taking part in my Dad Chat series Eric. I particularly loved the answer to question 3, it’s those relatively simple things that warms the heart!

Look out for another interview next week.

For previous interviews check out my ‘Guest Posts‘ category.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.