Mike Argento works in sales and host a personal development blog for single dads in Montreal, Canada! You can also find him off on epic adventures with his daughter!
Every Dad of the Week answers the following questions, read on to learn more about Mike and his daughter!
- What was your first reaction when you found out that you were going to be a father?
- It wasn’t expected, so I was very nervous… It actually caused me to make some huge life changes so that I could better provide; change of career, move into a larger condo all before she was born.
- When you knew you were going to be a father of a daughter, who or where did you turn to for advice?
- I asked my sister and the girls I work with for advise. Also read a book about raising children using the Montessori approach and absolutely loved it.
- How would your kids describe you as a dad?
- My cannot speak yet, but I would like to think that she regards me as her hero who would do anything for her.
- What has been the largest challenge you have had in being a father?
- Living 2000 km away from my daughter. She was not born in my province in Canada (Quebec) since her mother isn’t from here. I have been trying to convince her to set up in Quebec until now (my daughter is 18 months old) and since my efforts have not been unsuccessful, I am now in the process of moving to where they are (Manitoba) so that she can grow up with a father. These challenges (among many others) are what inspired me to become create a personal development site dedicated to helping single dads overcome the struggles they face.
- Looking back on your life as a father, what would you change if you could?
- Hard to say – I’m still quite new to this. I’ve changed my whole life for my daughter, including leaving my hometown and everything I know so that I can raise her; no regrets about those changes!
- What do you do for fun with your daughter(s)?
- She loves it when I pick her up and pretend that she’s flying.
- What advice would you give to other dads with daughters?
- As someone who’s time has been limited with my daughter due to the great distance between us, just enjoy every moment and don’t take anything for granted. Be as involved as you possibly can, take interest in what they do, and when you see that their interests gravitate toward a certain activity, encourage them to go all in on it and be the best. Nothing like raising someone to love what they do in life.
- How have you come to balance fatherhood and outside life?
- This remains to be seen as I have not lived the typical “father life” yet. I fly out to Manitoba to see my daughter once a month and spend every minute I can with her. When I’m in Quebec, life is pretty much as it was when I didn’t have kids. Honestly, I can’t wait to experience fatherhood the way it should be.
- What have been the most memorable experiences that you have had thus far as a father?
- Helping my daughter learn how to walk, reading to her, and cooking her gourmet dinners. I just love seeing her face when I present them to her.
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