I’m 32 years old (David). Zoë is 8.
I’m a photographer – http://www.iamDappa.com
And I’ve recently started a online thrift shop for kids clothes – http://www.everythingjiggy.com
Zoë was born in my Junior year of college at Long Island University, where I was studying photography. I remember her being a one year old running around my senior art show lol.
Parenting has always been exciting for me. I enjoy each stage of it. I was a stay at home dad for a short period before she went to pre-k. I did the “baby and me” classes, I did the ymca swimming classes, I did walks in the afternoon, trip to the library to read stories, and afternoon trips to the park during the day. We were always out especially during the summer… our tan game was phenomenal.
I’ve always tried to keep her engaged with learning since she was little and I truly see the effects of that now. She loves to learn and she always wants to know more.
Kids absorb information really quickly so, I try to make her a part of everything I do. For example, a few years ago I would take her with me to put up fliers for my photography when I was scrambling for freelance gigs. Now that we have the online kid’s thrift shop, she’ll help me choose inventory and she’ll even help me shoot photos for the website.
Right now she’s really wants to become a photographer and a chef. I’ve started giving her photography lessons and I teach her how to cook and her step-mom is a secretly amazing baker so she shows her how to bake cookies, pies, bread, etc.
Zoë’s television programming literally consists of 80% food network, 15% Blackish, and 5% NBA games with me lol.
I love that she wants to do things that I do. She got a scooter a couple years ago, but every time we go out together she sees me skating on my board so she wanted to learn how to do that too. She’s always jacking my board and leaving me to walk, so I just got her her own board this past weekend. I gave it to her when I picked her up from school and she lost her mind when I gave it to her lol. Getting her to skate well on her own is our goal for the summer.
We read together all the time. We read stories together at home, we make lotsssss of trips to barnes and noble and the library, and she reads to me while I drive her to school. That’s actually how we worked on her learning to read when she was younger, we would practice sounding out words and spelling while I drove her to pre-k in the mornings.
I love the way we communicate. There’s a level of friendship and honesty that’s so evident in the way we talk to each other and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I TELL HER EVERYTHING!
We discuss everything from God, to school, our future goals, where we want to live, countries and cities we want to visit (right now New Orleans and South Africa are at the top of her list), how we want to help the community, racism and even finances.
It might sound crazy, but I actually started slowly teaching her about the stock market and why she should start investing and saving money for her future. She’s learning more little by little. She just bought her first piece of stock recently and she currently has saved about $200, which is sitting in my sock drawer lol.
I think with children you just have to put things in terms and situations they can understand. If you can make the learning experience relevant to them, they’ll be really engaged with it and they’ll be able to grasp a lot of it.
I’ve graduated and I’m not in school anymore, but I’m always continuing my education through workshops and books, so we both see each other learning new things and it gives us more stories to share.
I try to balance teaching her everything I know, while trying to remember that this amazing and incredibly smart 8 year old is still a child lol. She’ll do something so genius that will blow your mind one second and then the next second it’s like “dude why do you have lucky charms all over the floor and why is chocolate on your shirt?” lol