Celebrating local dads

. June 2, 2017.
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There’s nothing like watching a fatehr interact with his kids. Whether it’s tossing a ball or taking a piggy back ride, it’s guaranteed good times when spent with dad. Here local dads weigh in on what fatherhood means to them.

Sam Meldon

Director of Growth & Advancement at Leadership Toledo
Dad to Norah 7, Aliyah 4, Joanna 18 months

What’s the best thing about being a dad? The surreal feeling of this tireless, unconditional love and adoration all my girls give me everyday. I just hope I can give it back.
What do you wish someone told you about being a parent before you became a dad? “Those parents you think have it all together? They are faking it. No one knows what they are doing. Everyone is simply giving their heart and soul to their kids every day the best they can. Do that, and you’ll be fine.”
What’s your favorite thing to do with your kids? Playing in the yard, pushing them on the swing, or going out and running errands. Norah loves to get out and Aliyah only wants to stay home. And staring in Joanna’s eyes, of course.
Describe your life in 5 words: So thankful for my wife.
Sam writes a column, Kitchen Table Politics, for Toledo Area Parent.

Brandon Jones

Operations Manager at Tireman Auto Service Centers
Dad to Emma 10, Jack 7

What’s the best thing about being a dad? Watching Emma and Jack take pride in something they work so hard to accomplish. For Emma, it is her successes in both school and sports. Over the last two years, Emma has really found her niche in both volleyball and basketball. For Jack, it is watching all of his practice pay off in his sports. He is constantly asking me to shoot pucks with him in the driveway. Watching them grow into kind, caring young people has been the highlight so far.
What do you wish someone told you about being a parent before you became a dad? How exhausting and exciting parenting can be at the same time. Also to focus on the special moments each day holds instead of getting lost in the day-to-day grind.
What’s your favorite thing to do with your kids? We love to do anything outside…family bike rides, campfires in the backyard, hitting golf balls at a range, pick-up soccer games, H-O-R-S-E in the driveway, skiing Up North in the winter, or taking summer rides in the Jeep.
Describe your life in 5 words: I wouldn’t change a thing!

Patrick Steiner

Medical Device Sales
Dad to Noah 4, Henry 3

What’s the best thing about being a dad?
I get to laugh all the time. Sometimes with them and sometimes at them. It’s great.
What do you wish someone told you about being a parent before you became a dad?
You have to keep up with them, not the other way around.
What’s your favorite thing to do with your kids?
Explore. These guys love to learn new things and it is so much fun to help them learn. They are so curious about everything from animals to sports
to cool cars.
Describe your life in 5 words: I only need two: Controlled Chaos.