Dads in the Limelight – Matthew Young

Our 28th Dad in the Limelight is author Matthew Young of the blog I want to thank Matthew for being a part of this series. It has been great getting to know him and now sharing him with all of you!

1) Tell me about yourself, (as well as how you are in the limelight for my readers knowledge)
I never really have thought of myself as being in the limelight, honestly. I have authored two books over the past 13 months for Atlantic Publishing Group. These were both financial books; the first one entitled The The Complete Guide to Investing in Annuities: How to Earn High Rates of Return Safely.  The second book, which is currently in the final stages of editing, is titled The Complete Guide to Selling Stocks Short: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply (Back-To-Basics). I also do quite a bit of freelance work for web sites. I finally took the plunge just recently to pursue my writing full time. I have a novel in the works tentatively entitled Runner.

2) Tell me about your family
I consider myself a stay at home dad first, a husband second, and a writer third. I live with my wife, my 3 month old Ethan, my seven year old step-son Jacob, and our cat Emma. We live in upstate New York just outside of Rochester.

3) What has been the largest challenge you have had in being a father?
The hardest thing so far for me has been trying to find time for fun. I try and take at least half an hour each day to exercise. I am an avid runner and cyclist, but I didn’t exercise for about two months after Ethan was born. I am just starting to come back to it. Believe me, it is very stressful being a dad if you don’t have that time for yourself!

4) What advice would you give to other fathers?
I never pictured myself as being a dad. Throughout college I put myself first always, but as you probably know, that changes. Falling in love with my wife was the first thing that prompted me to take a more selfless approach to life, the birth of Ethan completed the process. You can be a great dad, regardless of what kind of life you lived before. It requires hard work, sure, but if you truly want to be, you can do it. I guess my advice to other dads is to not underestimate your ability as a father.

5) Seeing that you (or your position) is in the limelight, how have you come to balance parenthood and outside life?
I find myself doing a lot of one handed typing now. I will hold Ethan in my lap with one hand while he eats or sleeps (as he is right now!).
6) What have you learned from the fathers that you have interacted with?
It has been weird, I am the first of my friends to have a baby. I don’t really have a lot of experience in the whole dealing with dad’s thing. I lost my own father to cancer when I was eleven. If I’ve learned anything, it’s been that I don’t want my son to go through what I went through. Growing up and becoming a man without male guidance was very hard. I can’t imagine my son going through it.

7) What else would you share regarding your experiences as a father thus far?
Enjoy every moment, even if that moment includes cleaning up poopy diapers or vomit!

8) What have been the most memorable experiences that you have had thus far as a parent?
Everyday is memorable. I love how everyday Ethan becomes more and more aware of his surroundings and develops more of a personality. It is the best feeling I’ve ever experienced.

If you have any questions for Matthew, please leave a comment here and I will make sure that he gets them so that he may be able to respond!

Also, do you know a Dad in the Limelight? If so, please email me their contact information so that they too can be a part of this series!

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