What better way for us to celebrate Father’s Day, than to highlight the fathers that make MY DRAP go round? We sat down with MY DRAP’s CEO Shalom Gniwisch and Chief Technology Officer Alexis Wolfman, and got the scoop on what fatherhood – their most important role – means to them.
Responsibility. It’s a big job. It’s one of the biggest jobs in life. Your children are your continuation. It’s the biggest responsibility, but at the same time it’s one of the most rewarding jobs. To see a being you created become their own person and reach their potential – there’s nothing like that feeling.
Today, we are more present fathers than previous generations. We have more balanced roles now, so I believe fatherhood is also being present and invested in your children’s day to day lives.
My father passed on to me values of honesty, integrity, committing fully to any endeavour, and always being a force of creativity.
My main objective as a father is to provide my son with the tools to be self-reliant and succeed on his own terms, whatever his own definition of success is. I’m against codling and sugarcoating- it creates huge disappointment in the long run. I’m an engineer, so I’m very fact-oriented and pragmatic. The main thing I want to do is give him the tools and framework to build his own identity and transmit that to his own children. The love you pass onto your children they will pass onto their own – you are essentially paying it forward to future generations.
Another one is patience. Sometimes, if a child speaks eloquently, we consider them peers instead of children. It’s important to manage expectations, and treat a child like their actual age. There needs to be a certain hierarchy in a parent-child dynamic- you should be friendly to your child, but don’t just be their friend. Children need their parents.
It’s a gift and shifts the way you look at the world. Kids give us the opportunity to make us and the world around us a better place.
It means everything.
Obviously there are many. But if I had to say one, it would be always staying positive and joyful no matter the situation, especially when it comes to one’s family.
Another thing to add, is that we were treated like confidants from the get-go. My father has always been that safe space to confide in. We always knew if we were in trouble, we can come to him.
Have fun with your kids. And no matter the age, make sure you listen.