Father’s Day with Graco

In honor of Father’s Day, we’re profiling two very special dads here at Graco, Seth and Matt. I was lucky enough to interview them to get the scoop on life as a father. I love their different perspectives, and you can certainly see their passion and excitement. Enjoy!

Seth, Industrial Design

How many children do you have? Tell us about them!

 I have one daughter, who is almost 8 mos. and she’s perfect! She’s just passed the easy stage of only sitting up, and has recently entered the trouble seeking crawling stage. Our remaining freedom is over!

How has your life changed since becoming a father?

Of course there is less time for everything! My old life has ended, but I’ve started a new one that I truly like a lot better.

What has been the most surprising or unexpected part of being a father?

How natural it actually came. Before she arrived, I wasn’t sure I’d be good at it. But my daughter really does make it easy.

Tell us a favorite fatherhood moment.

When I see her face light up when my wife or I enter the room.  She probably doesn’t comprehend the role we play in her existence, yet her smile conveys that we are the most important thing in her world.   She smiles at everyone but the special beam we get is like no other and all the motivation we need to keep going.  

Do you have any plans to celebrate Father’s Day?

Nothing planned. I hope my wife won’t go to any trouble, but I know better!

 

Matt, Engineering

How many children do you have? Tell us about them!

 I have 2 amazing kids: “S”, age 9, who is a future star on “So You Think You Can Dance,” and “T” age 6, who is either a future comedian or stuntman, or both. Like most fathers, my kids keep me very busy running around town for their activities.

How has your life changed since becoming a father?

I have always wanted children and I don’t really remember life before becoming a father. There’s never a dull moment and always something to do, teach, and learn with kids. I have no idea what I would do without them. Learn woodworking?

What has been the most surprising or unexpected part of being a father?

Kids can bring out the best and sometimes the worst in you. It’s up to you as a parent to decide which side they see. A constant reminder that they are little versions of yourself. I did not expect how challenging it would be as they get older and smarter!

Tell us a favorite fatherhood moment.

There are so many! Every time I see my daughter on stage dancing or my son earning a new karate belt is a favorite moment. I am very proud of my children and they give me so many things to be proud of.

Do you have any plans to celebrate Father’s Day?

Breakfast at The Original House of Pancakes and maybe a hike afterwards. Then work on the camper for future family excursions. I doubt it will be spent on the couch.

Calling all Fathers: How has your life changed since becoming a father? Do you have any advice for dads to be? And of course, how do you plan on spending Father’s Day this year? Happy Father’s Day!

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