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“Rad Dad Feature: Don Foose”

With the infamous hardcore heavyweight Don Foose, there is much more than meets the eye. His music is both positive and inspiring, yet it maintains a hard and heavy sound with a total sense of urgency. As a fan of his music for years, it was a pleasure to connect with him and learn a little more about what makes him tick. He’s incredibly active in his son’s life, and also remains as a wonderful example to anyone that gets to know him. As if his impressive catalog of music wasn’t enough, he just published his first book on raw vegan superfoods and the like. It’s my pleasure to introduce to you all Don Foose.

1. Tell us about what you do, who you are, and how you balance your career with being a dad?

My name is Don Foose, I sing for a bunch of Cleveland hardcore bands such as Run Devil Run, The Spudmonsters and Foose. I’m a union concrete worker and the author of my first book, Raw Life, a book on raw, vegan foods, juice fasting, elixirs and superfoods. I’m the proud father of my 13 year old son, Jayananda. When I’m not working or performing music I coach my sons baseball team or act like one of the kids and hang out with my son and his friends.

2. What does being a modern-day dad mean to you?

It means connecting with my child on a very personal level and being his friend, yet an authority. I want my child to love and trust me so I try to be attentive to his needs and desires.

3. How did becoming a father change your life?

Honestly, I didn’t even want kids when I was younger. One day, my niece had a baby and said she couldn’t keep him and was going to put him in a foster home. My wife and I couldn’t watch that happen and offered to take the child. After the first night of having him we fell in love with him and made all the arrangement to adopt him. He’s been my pride and joy since.

4. Whats the greatest part about being a dad?

The greatest part of being a dad is seeing the accomplishments of the child that you’ve raised. The interaction of love is unparalleled with anything I’ve ever experienced in my life.

5. Can you share a funny story about being a father?

One time I was in the grocery Store and I had my cart by me where I was shopping, I yelled to my son please come over by me where I was at. I wasn’t really paying attention to what he was doing but I notice he didn’t come over there so I yelled again “Hey Jai! Come over here please.” I then heard him respond “I can’t Dad, big lady with the beard has her cart in the way….”

I was horrified to look up and see a heavy set woman with some facial hair looking like a deer caught in the headlights. I did my best to backpedal and tell my son “you must be mistaken, all I see is this very attractive young lady here…..”

It was kind of funny in hindsight. Kids say the craziest things.

6. What advice can you give any new father out there?

Advice to new fathers? Pick your battles with your child. Be strict with yourself but have a heart and be a little lenient when you can. Don’t bend when you set the law, they’ll take advantage of you. They need to see you as a loving authority. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and admit when you do. Your child will love you if he or she sees you as a sincere, loving authority figure. And NEVER say “Do as I say, not as I do.”

BE the example you want to see in your child. Last but not least, let that kid know, every day how much you love him and be a pillar of strength!

Thanks so much man. You are an absolute inspiration, and I wish you continued success in all that you do!

Learn more about Don here: www.fooseforlife.com

Follow Don on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/donfoose108/

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