Systems Administrator at UFit
Dad to Jared, 7, and Joel,3
What is the best part about being a dad?
The best part about being a dad is waking up every morning to smiling faces.
Do you have any special “dad” routines?
I have secret handshakes with both of my boys.
What is your most memorable “dad” moment?
My most memorable moment is when both of my boys put on my shoes and said “Look, I’m daddy.” It may be a little moment, but it showed me that I was making a positive impact in their lives.
What has been the funniest parent moment so far?
The funniest parent moment so far was once when we put Joel to bed. Everything was OK, and then about 10 minutes later he came out of his room with his underwear on his head. My wife and I cracked up.
Which TV or movie dad are you most like?
The TV dad that I am most like is Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell). He’s kooky and sometimes has no clue what he is saying or doing, but in the end he makes things right.
Do you have a special meal you cook?
I love to cook my family breakfast. I am the pancake king in our house.
What is something you learned from your dad that you want to make sure you do?
My dad has this saying: “Yes I can. Yes I will.” That means never give up. Push yourself to the limit. When I was growing up the word “can’t” was not allowed. Till this day he still reminds me of his saying. I have carried that tradition on to my own boys.
What is one superhero power you wish you had to help with parenting?
I’m not sure if there is a superhero power that would help with parenting. Being a parent is being a superhero — from cleaning up boo boos, to catching a bug in their room and putting it back outside, to being compassionate toward them when their feelings get hurt. I could go on forever. If anything, a superhero should be asking for the Parent Power.
What is the one thing that you hope your child/children learn from you?
To treat people with respect. You gain respect from people, and it just opens up so many different opportunities in life.
In the words of wife, Melanie, “Matt is a loving, kind, easygoing and supportive dad. in august of last year he started a group at our son’s elementary school called wildcat dads. each month he has arranged and hosted events that get dads, grandpas and uncles involved with their kids to create memories and build strong bonds. he makes me so happy and proud and is definitely worth being titled a hottie dad!”