Love, protection, guidance, interaction, play, attention, and time. Those are the things that define a home. This child will be loved, above and beyond all else, and he or she will know that. We say that in our home, everyday, several times a day, I love you. I was raised with manners and respect, and I teach that, respect for others no matter the color of their skin, or their religion, or their sexual preference. We love unconditionally.
I’m a single man, but I have incredible support from grandmas, cousins, uncles, and aunts, all waiting eagerly for this little one to come and join our family. I won’t be doing this all alone. Christmas and Thanksgiving are family times for us, and we celebrate those at my home.
I live in a wonderful school district, and this child will attend one of the finest charter schools in Los Angeles. I stress reading and creativity at home. Reading builds the mind and there are so many indirect benefits that are incurred through reading, it expands a child’s universe when you encourage them to use their imagination.
I have a unique career in that I have an incredible amount of free time, and when I do work it’s done in a private suite, set aside and designed for my own personal use. I will be able to take this baby with me, have a crib right there next to me at work, and I will parent. I don’t understand people who have a child and then hire a nanny to raise that baby. I’m hands on, fully immersed.
I’m also adventurous, I fly helicopters and airplanes, I surf, I travel, attend live theater. This child will experience things that most children can only dream of. We have pets, dogs and cats, and that builds empathy and sympathy and love for all living creatures in a young mind. The importance of that can’t be overstated.
Happiness, right? Isn’t that what it’s all about at the end of the day? Raising a happy, healthy, well-adjusted child that has all the tools to go out and make an amazing life for themselves as they grow up? My parents did that for me, I’m doing it for my daughter, and I can’t wait to do it for this baby.