Occupation: Owner/Field Team at Slaughter Roofing
Kids: Rory(10), Rebi(8), Ralegh(7)
What kind of father do you strive to be?
I want to slow down and be present each day. I want to know my kids, and I want them to know me. I want to enjoy them. Time with them passes in a blink of an eye, and I don’t want to miss a second of it.
What challenges arise amid dad diligence and running a roofing company?
Work-life balance. I don’t think I will ever solve it. I have to remind myself that my kids don’t need me to have it all figured out. They need me to keep trying, keep showing up, and to apologize when I don’t get it right.
What is a quality your dad passed down to you that has been valuable in navigating business and fatherhood?
Kindness. My dad taught me to look for places to offer kindness. At home, at work, and without any fanfare or praise.
Occupation: Broker Associate/Partner at Sears Real Estate
Kids: Millie May (3), CeCe Marie (1)
What do you most enjoy about being a girl dad?
So far, I am not seeing myself too much as a “girl dad.” I am rough with my girls. We wrestle, roll on the ground, I toss them in the air; they love it.
What do you hope to personally teach each of your girls?
There are so many things I don’t want to teach them! I do want to teach them, however, about Jesus, the value of a dollar, and generosity towards others with time and talent.
How do you balance the realtor responsibilities and the daddy duties?
Since becoming a dad, my priorities have completely shifted. I am rushing home more to be with them. I still struggle with work-life balance, but I can tell you that the best feeling in the world is coming home and Millie yelling “Daddy!” and CeCe waddling over, grinning from ear to ear.
Occupation: Broker/Owner of Austin and Austin
Kids: Matt (36), Jennifer (23), Luke (21)
What has it meant to you to raise your family in Greeley?
My family is one of the original Union Colony pioneers that settled prior to 1870. I am the fourth generation in Greeley. Raising our kids in Greeley and adding yet another generation to be born and raised here is very special.
What does being a dad symbolize to you?
Satisfaction. I am very proud of my kids- of what they’ve done and what they have yet to accomplish.
What has been most satisfying in fatherhood?
The whole process. Watching them grow, learn, struggle, and then watching them succeed is very rewarding. They are incredible humans.
Have you earned your #1 Dad mug?
I think so! Over the years, I coached roughly 25 of my son’s baseball and basketball teams. I once attempted to coach my daughter’s volleyball team. I’ll never do that again.
Occupation: Director of Health Grants at The Weld Trust
Kids: Finlee (11), Reed (6)
How do you best engage your kids?
My kids are very involved in sports. Fin plays volleyball and softball. Reed plays flag football, basketball, and baseball. I get to help coach both my kids’ teams. Volleyball, however, is out of my wheelhouse.
What has it meant to you to be both dad and coach?
It is extremely important to me because it’s another avenue for me to interact with my kids on a different level than just “dad.” It’s also rewarding to be able to teach them the valuable lessons of success and failure that are inherent to sports.
What would you say to other dads about the significance of involvement with their kids?
What I have learned from my kids is that it really doesn’t take much to show you care. Being engaged doesn’t mean you have to be a coach. It’s just being encouraging and paying attention. Find where you can take interest.