Posted September 11, 2011 by jimhigley
I recently took a Bobblehead Break with Al Watts, president of Daddyshome, Inc. – the National At-Home Dad Network. Al’s a nine-year veteran as an at-home dad to his four kids and can juggle a crazy pop’s world with the best of them. When you’re done learning about Al, be sure to Bobblehead Dad on WebTalk Radio for more of Al – including additional information about Daddyshome, their network of amazing dads and their upcoming annual convention in Washington, D.C.
1. Where’d you grow up? That is always the hardest question for me to answer because we moved about every 3 years. Mostly we lived in the midwest (Davenport, IA, Washington, IA, Kansas City, MO, Wichita, KS, Minneapolis, MN) but we did live overseas in Sao Paulo, Brazil for 3 years from ages 11-14.
2. Any siblings? If so, where’d you fit in? One brother. I’m the oldest.
3. Where do you live today? We live in Omaha, Nebraska.
4. I’ll never forget: My mom making a big deal out of us telling everything about our first day of school. We even had to call after our first day of college and she calls our kids now after their first day.
5. Ever break a bone? I broke my collarbone when I was about 3 playing football with boys about twice my age.
6. Family vacation that deserves a redo: Washington D.C. My dad rushed through the museums so he could see as many as he could while I wanted to read about every exhibit. I was not happy.
7. Favorite childhood teacher: AP U.S. History teacher in high school. He started every class with “Questions scholars?” and expected us to ask him about the subjects we were supposed to have read the night before. It was different and more engaging.
8. My dad was: Fun but firm. He let us be more adventurous but was willing to spank us if we got too far out of line.
9. My mom was: Patient and loving. She was always there for us and listened to us and she sacrificed a lot for us.
10. I’m similar to my dad because: I can’t always explain clearly to my kids what I want them to do (“Put that thingy over by the thing”). And the worst part, I hated that growing up!
11. First thought when you held your oldest: Wow.
12. Going rate for the tooth fairy: $1. I hear she’s ripping our kids off.
13. The back seat of my car: Is full – there are 4 kids back there!
14. I go nutty when my kids: Talk back to me.
15. My kids are happiest when: They get to play outside.
16. My remedy for whiny kids: Give them more chores to do.
17. I knew I was an adult when: I’m an adult?
18. I never thought I’d have to clean up: chunky puke.
19. I’m proud of: my wife and children; they’re beyond awesome!
20. I’m surprised how much time it takes to: do anything with 4 kids around.
21. I always thought I’d grow up to be: an Engineer.
22. Best “dad” advice you’ve ever received: “Pre-prior planning prevents piss poor performance” from my dad. Still trying to get it right.
23. Favorite TV show to watch with kids: America’s Got Talent and Wipe Out.
24. Any good imitations or voices? I make different voices for all the characters in the stories I read the kids but they usually tell me to “just read it normal, dad!” I don’t listen to them.
25. I hope my kids never forget: we love them.