August 17, 2021

Dad of the Week: Jae Taylor

Jae Taylor is a children’s book author and also works with his wife at her tax business. He lives in Los Angeles, CA and has a wonderful daughter! Every Dad of the Week answers the following questions, read on to learn more about Jae and his family!

  • What was your first reaction when you found out that you were going to be a father?
    •  Surprised and scared but excited that I was going to have a new best friend. I couldn’t wait for her to be born.
  • When you knew you were going to be a father of a daughter, who or where did you turn to for advice?
    • I didn’t know it was going to be a girl until she was born. The doctor had thought she was going to be a boy until she came out. 
  • How would your kids describe you as a dad?
    • Fun and cool but absent because I went to prison when she was 11 until 23. 
  • What has been the largest challenge you have had in being a father?
    • Not being able to be there for her like I should have been. While I was home I never missed anything, not even a doctor appointment before she was born, I won the swaddling content in the parenting class, when she was little I was always super involved although her mother and I eventually weren’t together. So my biggest challenge was trying to stay involved as a parent in prison without being able to see her or have much communication.
  • Looking back on your life as a father, what would you change if you could?
    • I would have not put myself in any situation that could have ended up with me being pulled away from her.
  • What do you do for fun with your child?
    • Now we go to the beach, mall, talk forever on FaceTime. Things are just now opening up so we will be able to do much more things together. 
  • What advice would you give to other dads?
    • You have the opportunity for them to see you as their hero, don’t blow it
  • How have you come to balance fatherhood and outside life?
    • I’m a father first, now that I got a second chance, that’s the most important thing.
  • What have been the most memorable experiences that you have had thus far as a father?
    • When she was born, us playing and going to amusement parks, going to her schools to play with her and her friends. But unfortunately I have the memories also of the things I missed. I remember all the times I felt bad because I was in jail missing my baby growing up, going to prom, her graduations, her first date, her sorority events and college graduation. So unfortunately the sadness I experienced is also unforgettable.

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