January 12

Dad of the Week: Andrew Byron Musaalo

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Andrew Byron Musaalo works as a teacher and lives in Uganda where he is raising his daughter and son! Every Dad of the Week answers the following questions, read on to learn more about Andrew and his family!

  • What was your first reaction when you found out that you were going to be a father?
    • I smiled with pride.
  • When you knew you were going to be a father of a daughter, who or where did you turn to for advice?
    • My mother, who was a single mother of four, three girls and a me.
  • How would your kids describe you as a dad?
    • “Best dad ever”
  • What has been the largest challenge you have had in being a father?
    • Trying to get her mother to abandon the traditional African parenting technique of harshness and adopt love as a way of parenting. Another challenge would be teaching my daughter her mother tongue.
  • Looking back on your life as a father, what would you change if you could?
    • My lack of knowledge of my mother tongue which I would love to teach my daughter.
  • What do you do for fun with your daughter(s)?
    • We visit places together, sometimes just me and her.
  • What advice would you give to other dads with daughters?
    • Love your kid no matter what, they respond better to criticism when they’re sure of your love for them.
  • How have you come to balance fatherhood and outside life?
    • I take it one day at a time.
  • What have been the most memorable experiences that you have had thus far as a father?
    • Seeing my daughter perform in her school dance, she was dressed in an Indian attire and she catwalked on the rump. When I saw her I shed a tear.

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