I get to be a full-time father first, entrepreneur second
A growing child has plenty of “firsts”. I get to be around for a lot of them. This time, I was able to be with London and watch him roller skate for the first time!
Don’t get me wrong, being a fulltime father is NOT an easy job. Nevertheless, I love it. I love being with him and watch him light up with joy when he experiences something new and exciting.
Entrepreneurship and owning a business is no piece of cake either. Add the 2 together and life can be challenging. What makes it possible for me: having a virtual team. I wouldn’t be able to accomplish as much as I do with my business without my virtual staff. Having a virtual staff has given me the freedom and flexibility to be a fulltime father.
London roller skates for the first time!
On this day, London and I checked out Chipper’s Preschool Play & Skate at Oaks Park Roller Rink in Southeast Portland. The event is made for kids 6 and younger and allows kids and parents to play in the rink with or without skates. Since London never skated before, I thought this would be a good time to test the idea with him.
I wasn’t sure if he would be interested in roller skating or not. As soon as we walked in the rink, I could see he was interested. We went to the skate counter and they had adjustable Fisher-Price roller skates that would fit right over his shoes.
The skates were great. They seemed to roll in just one direction (forward) with a friction mechanism to control the speed of the wheels. London skated for the first time! It was awesome.
Being a full-time father means feeding, bathing, changing, playing with and educating London….the basic stuff. London is currently a little over 2 years old. There are many things he’s able to do now that he wasn’t able to do a year ago. This has been exciting for both of us. We’re exploring the new things we can do in and around Portland at this stage of his life.
Time to be an entrepreneur and virtual CEO
I tend to wake up early about 5:00 am each weekday. I roll out of bed and head to my home office. This is when I check my email and other messages. I’ll respond to my virtual team and other emails. I’ll also take care of any other pending tasks for the next 2-3 hours. I wrap up by 8:00 am. That is when Makaila leaves for work and my shift as a full-time father starts!
London still takes a nap in the early-mid afternoon for about 2 hours. This gives me time to handle personal or business tasks as well. If it is business, its mostly just communicating with my virtual team.
When Makaila gets home from work, we try to have dinner together as a family. If I have any other pending tasks that I didn’t get to earlier, I’ll take care of it after dinner until 8:00 pm. And then, it’s more family time before bed.
Are you a full-time parent and entrepreneur?
Please share your experience! Do you love it or do you feel its too difficult?