Dads in the Limelight – Dana Glazier (The Evolution of Dad)

Our 39th Dad in the Limelight is Dana Glazier, creator of the movie The Evolution of Dad. I want to thank Dana 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 am a dad and a filmmaker living with my wife and two young sons in New Jersey. I just completed a feature length documentary, The Evolution of Dad, about the changing role of the American dad.
2) Tell me about your family
Charlie (6) and Jamie (3) wear superhero costumes nearly every chance they can and are obsessed with the 1970’s Superfriends. My wife, Deb, is an interior designer and plays ice hockey. We have a fairly raucous house as a result of all of this.

3) What has been the largest challenge you have had in being a father?

Trying to figure out work/family balance in regards to movie making and being a dad. Even with making a film about fatherhood, the challenge has been that if I spent too much time on production, it would conflict with the time I spend with my family – so it’s been a really interesting experience for the three years it took to complete the film. 
4) What advice would you give to other fathers?
There is so much confusion about what it means to be a father in our culture. The underlying message is still that a father’s worth is based on his paycheck; and while this may be important, it disregards the rest of the dad spectrum. My advice to other dads is to, first, take a step back and really look at one’s life and how much time is spent at work and how much is at home. Second, to consider how work and family might be better balanced and third, to fight for it. Too many dads just accept that this is just the way it is and end up spending excessive amounts of time at work only to find that they missed their children growing up. Don’t fall into that.
5) Seeing that you (or your position) is in the limelight, how have you come to balance parenthood and outside life?
It’s a constant struggle, honestly, but one worth struggling for. I can’t say that I have the silver bullet for work family balance in my own life, but I’m always striving for it.

6) What have you learned from the fathers that you have interacted with?

I have interviewed so many people for this project and I’ve learned so much from all of them. It’s hard to sum up all that I have learned other than to say that I’m very inspired by the dads I have profiled in the film and their courage and fortitude in terms of being as involved with their kids as they can be is the measuring stick for fatherhood for me.
7) What else would you share regarding your experiences as a father thus far?
Fatherhood has been and continues to be a transformative experience for me. It’s hard imagining the time now when I wasn’t a dad, our kids are so present in our lives. While being a dad can be completely exhausting and I have many more grey hairs on my head than when I first became a dad, the value of bringing up two young sons is the most redeeming and meaningful thing I could be doing with my life and nothing really compares to it.
8) What have been the most memorable experiences that you have had thus far as a parent?
I think any time that my boys snuggle against me and we read a story together or when I get a spontaneous hug or kiss or “I love you, daddy.” These are the things that keep me going. They fuel my soul and I will never leave me.
If you have any questions for Dana, 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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