Cameron Goodin works as a Security Officer at a Gaming Facility and an amateur photographer. He is also a Ride share Driver. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky where he is raising his daughter! Every Dad of the Week answers the following questions, read on to learn more about Cameron and his family!
- What was your first reaction when you found out that you were going to be a father?
- When I first found out, I was really happy and started to cry. I was nervous and scared and panicked all at the same time. Here I was 23, just starting life and now having to learn to be a father on top of that. However, knowing I was going to be a father to a precious little girl really hit me in the feels and I had a total happy meltdown as I cried for a few days. I listened to music about being a father and about having a family. I also picked out a song for her “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw. I was so excited to finally meet my little princess. At her birth, I was shaking and was having a huge anxiety attack because it finally sank in that in just a few minutes, I will become a role model, father, somebody that will look up to me and cherish. I could go on, but I would run out of space! All in all, having a daughter had changed my life, and I cannot thank God enough for her 💕
- 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. My family is very male dominated. The last girl born in my family was 35 years prior. So it was kind of a just learn as I go situation.
- How would your kids describe you as a dad?
- Well since my daughter is only 2, I don’t have a clue yet, but hopefully a goofy, loving role model and will embarrass her when she gets older.
- What has been the largest challenge you have had in being a father?
- The largest challenge of me being a father is being divorced from her mother, and me not being able to be in her life everyday and wake up to her saying “Good Morning Daddy.” I just cherish the time I do have with her and be the best father I can be to her. It’s also hard knowing that another man is in her life more than her father.
- Looking back on your life as a father, what would you change if you could?
- I wouldn’t change anything. Fatherhood is the best thing that can happy to a man. Even the “baddest” men get tamed in fatherhood, especially to little girls.
- What do you do for fun with your child?
- We play with her toys, watch her cartoons (Bluey, Puppy Dog Pals and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse), we also love playing outside and throwing the ball to each other or my daughter chasing it and bringing it back to me.
- What advice would you give to other dads?
- Enjoy the memories. Time with them won’t last forever, but memories will. Cherish the little moments and be the best role model you can be to them.
- How have you come to balance fatherhood and outside life?
- I always put my daughter first, and if I have plans that is family oriented then I’ll bring her. If not, I’ll make plans on days I don’t have her.
- What have been the most memorable experiences that you have had thus far as a father?
- Seeing her for the first time, teaching her to walk, talk, and just watching her being herself make me laugh.
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