With a little more work and some advice from his family, one Toronto dad is hoping to be able to raise his kids to be happier and more successful.
The dad, whose name is Brandon, said his kids, ages seven, five and two, will be better for it.
“They’re going to have to learn to make the decisions themselves,” he said.
“I want them to have a little bit of independence.
I want them in charge of their own lives.
And I want to be a great parent to them.”
Brandon said his children are in elementary school and elementary school is about the time they’ll get their first taste of adulthood.
“My whole family is in elementary.
They all have the same thing.
They’re not going to be happy, they’re not getting the education, they are going to feel like they have no voice,” Brandon said.
But he said he’s not ready to give up.
“What I’m not ready for is to give them the freedom to feel they can make their own choices,” he added.
He said he wants his kids “to grow up to be successful adults who make great decisions for themselves.”
For his family Brandon said he has “two choices: be an empty-headed dad or stay a dad and get a great job.”
Brandon, who has worked in the tech industry, said he’d like to work for a company that is not beholden to his company.
“It would be really nice to work somewhere that doesn’t require me to take care of a family,” he explained.
“If I can do that, I’ll probably be happy.”
Brandon is not the only one looking for work after losing his job as a salesperson.
The father of two children, ages six and two from a previous relationship, said that he also wants to work in finance.
“But if I have to have two jobs, that’s okay,” he laughed.
“As long as I have one job, I can always go to work.”
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