When Antonio was at a very low point in his life, a good friend suggested that he reach out to Fatherhood PRIDE, and he voluntarily enrolled himself in the program. “I completed and graduated from the course and it changed the direction of my life,” Antonio said.
When Antonio graduated Fatherhood PRIDE, he was invited to an Affirming Fatherhood Conference with REACHUP, Inc. where he gained purpose to help other dads like himself. With the right knowledge and tools, he’s thrilled to be a part of his daughters’ lives.
Q: What has been your proudest moment as a father?
A: I have had several moments and the birth of my children rank right up at the top. I’d have to say my proudest moment aside from that would have to be watching my oldest daughter graduate high school with honors and going off to college.
Q: What has been the most challenging part of fatherhood? How have you faced those challenges?
A: I’d have to say co-parenting honestly. It has to be one of the most difficult things to do when you and the mother don’t see eye to eye on fundamental things. More often than not the child will take the disposition of the parent they live with. I have two biracial children with two different women, and that in itself is a challenge because culturally we are different. My oldest daughter was born when I was 17 years old, and that relationship is unique because of the age difference. When I was younger and didn’t know of the obstacles that would be before me, I wasn’t prepared at all. I leaned on my family and she was truly raised by a village.
Q: What’s your favorite activity to do with your child (children)?
A: My oldest daughter never lived in the same town as me, so we would find different places to eat. We explore everything from hibachi, sushi, tacos and even candy confections. My youngest daughter is 7 months old. As she is growing up, we will work on those activities.