Team Member Shout-Out: Capacity Dad Edition

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In preparation for Father’s day, we called out the dads at Capacity and asked them a few questions. While not every dad is featured in this blog, we know that being a dad means many things, and being a great dad can look many ways—and these answers prove it. 

Whether you’re interested in some feel-good quotes from our father figures, trying to get an idea of what your dad might be looking forward to receiving on Father’s Day, or attempting to brush up on your dad jokes, this article has you covered!

What’s the best parenting advice you’ve ever received?

When it comes to parenting, there isn’t really a right way to do it, which means the advice that people give and receive run the gamut from philosophical to literal. All can be taken with a grain of salt and applied in the best way that the father (or parent) sees fit. Here’s what our dads had to say. 

Depending on the age of your child, Josh Katz, our VP of Strategic Accounts, shared that, “Trying to control a baby is futile…be flexible.”

However, with all ages, it’s important to, “treat kids as people,” like David Karandish, our CEO mentioned. For example, “Make sure to always give your kid the personal attention they deserve,” said Mike Hunigan, our VP of Product. “It goes a long way.”

On that same note, Danny Amacher, our Senior Design Director, added, “Someone once told me, ‘Kids spell love, T-I-M-E.’ There is no substitute for giving your children quality time and attention. Your attention nurtures a child’s sense of security and confidence, which, I believe, pays huge dividends as they grow and develop upon that foundation.

“Someone once told me, ‘Kids spell love, T-I-M-E.’ There is no substitute for giving your children quality time and attention.”

Danny Amacher
Senior Design Director

At the end of the day, Justin Schmidt, our VP of Marketing, recommends that, “It’s important to consider the two most important people outside of the children: your spouse and yourself. Make time for yourself and make time for your spouse. Happy parents are good parents.”

What does being a dad mean to you?

It’s easy to sum up being a dad as “Awesome” like Josh Katz, or “#EVERYTHING” like Dave Costenaro, our Chief Data Officer, because there are so many amazing things that go into it. Beyond the initial feeling, it’s an obligation that the dads at Capacity shed some light on. 

For Justin, it means, “having the responsibility of guiding new humans through the world. It’s an incredible opportunity to do something meaningful,” or similar to how David put it, “getting a chance to shape the lives of four wonderful humans.”

Mike described being a dad as, “Being a role model for my kids and teaching them wisdom,” which is on par with Danny’s response, “Being a dad is a sacred stewardship. Fatherhood is about creating an environment where a child can develop and discover their individuality.”

What’s your favorite thing about being a dad?

Whether it’s a feeling or a specific time of day that you’ve carved out to spend with your kids, there are many things to enjoy about being a dad. That’s probably why we got such an expansive range in answers!

Dave’s favorite part is, “seeing my kid learn, grow, and laugh,” and David simply enjoys, “getting to spend time with my kids.” 

For the more specific parts of fatherhood, Mike highlights, “seeing my kids enjoying their homework every day,” makes him a proud dad, whereas Josh is keen to, “morning play-time on the floor” with his newborn baby.  

Justin shared his outlook on parenthood, and stated, “You don’t fully understand what unconditional love really is until you become a parent. Now that I know what it feels like I consider it the greatest gift I’ve ever been given.”

Danny summed up the experience of fatherhood, and said, “Being a dad enriches my life in many ways. I think my favorite thing is observing my daughter experience things in life for the first time. As an adult, it’s easy to take things for granted but when you see your child’s eyes light up after learning something new or trying something for the first time, it can bring back a sense of awe about the ordinary.”

“You don’t fully understand what unconditional love really is until you become a parent. Now that I know what it feels like I consider it the greatest gift I’ve ever been given.”

Justin Schmidt
VP of Marketing

What’s your best dad joke?

It wouldn’t really be a write-up on fathers if we didn’t fit in a few dad jokes! We asked these dads to give us their best, and here’s what we got: 

David started us off with a cruel yet hilarious story that involves him convincing his oldest daughter that oatmeal was actually goat-meal. Don’t try this at home folks, he told us she was not amused.

Justin shared some fun interesting facts:

Did you know the first French fries weren’t actually cooked in France?

They were cooked in Greece.

Danny is all about safety:

Be careful around stairs.

They always seem like they’re up to something.

Josh tells it like it is:

This isn’t a dad-bod.

It’s a father figure.

Dave shared two of his faves: 

How many tickles does it take to make an octopus laugh?

Ten-tickles.

I’m reading a book about anti-gravity.

It’s impossible to put down!

Mike shared a joke that…well is it really a dad joke if you get it right away?

World’s smallest microwave.

I’ll tell you later. 

What’s this year’s highly-anticipated (tech) gift for Father’s Day?

If you’re looking for some ideas for what to get your own dad, take a look at some of the ideas that these dads shared. We guarantee there’s at least one item that everyone can give to their daddios! 

Dads: They’re just like us!

We’re happy to see our teammates make great dads, too! And we hope that they have a great Father’s Day filled with all the gifts and dad jokes that their hearts desire.

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