- November 1, 2017
- Posted by: Dr. Elise Cohen Ho
- Category: Parenting & Family, UWP Blog
When Christopher Veal first learned that he was going to become a dad he struggled to identify what his role as a parent really meant for him.
I’m a dad to one daughter and an Organizational Development professional. I work as an OD & Training Manager for the Orange County Fire Authority.
What I’ve learned is that parenting is truly about being present and engaged.
My newfound passion for being an active dad led me to create a dad’s life coaching service Daditude.
My mission is to coach and inspire dads to craft their own legacies; create meaningful impact in the world and the lives of their children.
I enjoy riding motorcycles, listening to music, reading, discovering new things to learn, mountain biking, and indulging in my newest hobby flying drones.
What I do well as a dad.
I’m mindful about giving my daughter all the attention she deserves and don’t allow technology and other projects to distract me.
What I learned from another dad.
Presence is exponentially more impactful than presents.
A lesson learned from my child.
Ask lots of questions. Particularly when you think you already have the answer; you’ll be surprised at the things a dad can learn.
A successful fatherhood moment.
The first few weeks after our daughter came home from the hospital were instrumental in my confidence as a father. My wife had a C-section, and the majority of work in caring for our daughter (and my wife) fell on my shoulders. It really helped me step up and more fully embrace my role as a father. I believe it’s one of the primary reasons that helped my daughter and I create such a strong bond.
Dad I admire.
My best friend, Dave. He has lived several states away from his daughter for a number of years, and never lets that get in the way of being engaged and involved in her life. They have an extremely close and loving relationship as a result, and he inspires me to be the best dad I can be each day.
What makes you proud? Please share in the comments below.