Parent Lessons: Career Time

As a proud daddy to six kids between the ages 12 months and 26 years, I’ve found one thing to be true – Daddyhood is great. Being a dad has affected and enhanced every part of my life – including my career.

Roll With The Punches: If you’re a dad, you know, sometimes (more often than not) you just have to be flexible and roll with the punches. This daddy-induced flexibility has expanded into my work life as well. BK (Before Kids), I was more uptight at work, worrying about every little detail, rather than just seeing the bigger picture.  Now, it’s easier for me to take things as they come and to be prepared for unexpected bumps in the road at work and at home.

Did Someone Say Multitask?: The act of parenting comes with many demands, needs and activities. Being a daddy has taught me how to juggle my home life as well as my work life more effectively. For instance, I make it point to have working lunches with my staff a few times a week. This allows me to socialize a bit, enjoy a meal, while getting work done – multitasking like this allows me to get home earlier to my little ones!

Stay On Track: Some tasks and activities are simply more important than others. I’ve been a daddy for 26 years, and I’m now a whiz at task management; making sure each task is accomplished in a timely manner with priority tasks being taken care of first and foremost.

It’s All About Timing: It truly is all about timing, and being a daddy has taught me that there is a time to be really silly and fun, but also a time to be serious and maybe even a little tough. This translates to my work life too. BK (Before Kids), I tended to be all work and no play during day, but now, I make it a point to have fun and enjoy myself, my employees and my career.

Daddyhood can do incredible things to a man. I, for one, am proud to be a daddy, and to reflect upon the many great things that being a father has taught me over the past 26 years.


Daddy Nickell

Robert Nickell, aka Daddy Nickell, father of 6, offers his “5 cents” worth of advice to expectant and new parents. Daddy Nickell is the founder of, delivery room duds and daddy gear for dads, and the blog where he covers topics about parenting and the latest baby and kids gear, all from a Dad’s perspective.


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