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Five Dads On Fatherhood

We Gathered Together with Five Men and Their Children to Discuss What Fatherhood Means to Them

Todd Becker

Occupation: Dermatologist, Rinnova Skin and Body

Kids: Inman, Madeline and Olivia

What has been the most heartwarming dad moment so far? 
On our anniversary last spring, when restaurants were closed because of COVID-19, our kids dressed up and created Frasca at or house, complete with a hostess stand, customized menus and a sommelier. My wife and I agreed it was our best anniversary dinner ever. 

What does being a dad symbolize to you?
Being a dad reminds me to be a better person and an example to my kids. Being supportive through tough times and encouraging them to take some risks even when I know they might get hurt.  

What’s your favorite thing to do with your kids? I love exploring the mountains, hiking and camping. It is such a gift to get away from hectic everyday life and connect with each other. 

Dr. Win Hartley

Occupation: Plastic Surgeon at Boulder Plastic Surgery

Kids: Haven, Savannah, Ansley and Avery 

Did you feel prepared for fatherhood?
The best thing that prepared me for fatherhood was the year I spent following the Grateful Dead…sleepless nights, hazy days, and waking up with no idea who/where I was….

Are there specific qualities you want to instill in your child?
Most important qualities we are trying to instill in our kids—honesty, integrity and selflessness.

Do you think today’s fathers have it harder, easier or just different?
I have it much harder than my dad did! My kids can talk back to me, question my decisions, and make fun of my clothes.

Adrian Wisniewski

Occupation: Manager of project development at Melton Design Build

Kids: Caleb and Ashton 

What does being a dad mean to you? 
A mixture of the hardest moments meeting the most beautiful moments. And an opportunity to act like a kid again.

Your favorite dad joke of all time? 
What type of bees produce milk? Boo-bees

Tell us a time you earned your #1 Dad mug. 
With COVID-19 ruining all of our plans for last summer followed by the pains of virtual learning, I decided to make this Christmas the greatest one ever. My kids are holiday nerds and always asking me to tell them stories about my favorite presents when I was a kid. So this year I decided to make it one they will remember. Both boys got these incredible electric dirt bikes with fancy racing helmets and full moto-cross kits. I, of course, told them it was all from Santa, but I know for sure that this is the holiday they will remember forever.

Eric Reed 

Occupation: Owner of Acme Fine Goods

Kids: Mica and Bay 

Tell us three adjectives that best describe being a father.  
Entertaining, enlightening and humbling.

What’s the best thing about being a dad?  
Experiencing the world through my children's experiences. Watching little humans navigate all the pitfalls of childhood and the teen years knowing that it will be all right, but it's going to hurt a bit.

How would you spend the perfect day with your children?  
Solid breakfast of pancakes, eggs and bacon on the camp stove next to our tent in the mountains. With our raft bobbing in the river waiting for the day's adventure. Exploring and enjoying Colorado is always the right choice. S’mores in the evening of course.  

Ethan Bullock

Occupation: Real estate broker at Compass

Kids: Ayla and Norah

Did becoming a father change you? 
Fatherhood has made me a better person, tremendously! Daily decisions and behaviors have so much more gravity to them. 

If you were to give a soon-to-be dad one piece of advice, what would it be? 
Love the kid for who they are, not who you want them to be. 

What do you want to make sure that your children will always remember about you? 
That they inspired me every day. 

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