Jacob Silva is a hard working man that doesn’t quit. He is dedicated to his family and it shows in everything he does. He is an MMA fighter, but no matter what he is doing, it is clear his family comes first. It’s my pleasure to introduce him to you in this Rad Dad Feature.
1. Tell us about what you do, who you are, and how you balance your career with being a dad?
I’m currently working 2 careers. I’ve been working in the oil and gas field for the last 4 years at a company called Castle Metals. I’m also a Professional MMA fighter. Being a dad is a full time career, one I can’t stop doing. I’ve been fighting for about the same time frame. Kailyn (my 5 year old daughter) have been going to the gym with me since the first day I stepped onto a mat. She was only 4/5 months when I started training, it was hard training and being a dad at the same time. But the guys at the gym would help me rock her to sleep, feed her, but I would change her diaper. I would carry her about a mile to the gym everyday. Kailyn loves the fact that I fight, she thinks I fight so I’m able to protect her and my wife. Which is still true but that’s all she thinks.
2. What does being a modern-day dad mean to you?
Being featured on mondern-day dad is unbelievable. I know a lot of awesome dad’s, so for us to be part of something that shows not all dad’s are just a yard cutting guy is pretty cool. I’m still not sure why or how I got choosen. But I love telling people about my daughter. I think she’s so talented and funny and will do great things in her future.
3.How did becoming a father change your life?
Becoming a father has changed me from a teenanger to becoming a man. It forced me to become more responsible, more alert of my surroundings. It really opened my eyes to the way i was raised. I had to change my ways from childish selfish acts to how something will affect my family. I became a father at 22. My wife was 20, so we were both young. Nontheless, it turned out to be the best thing to happen to me.
4. Whats the greatest part about being a dad?
Becoming a dad might be the greatest thing that happened to me, beside meeting her mom. From birth she would sleep on my chest, listen to my heart beat, Kailyn is now 5 years old, this time she asks if she can sleep on my chest so she can hear my heart beat. She will always be my baby girl no matter what age. I know the things I do in front of her she will mimic in life and the man I am today will be the man she will most likely marry. So us fathers have a lot on our plates whether we know it or not.
5. Can you share a funny story about being a father?
My Kailyn has a personality like no other. I could go on and on for hours of the funny things she do.
She is a kid so of course she does not like to clean her room, she leave her shoes everywhere. I’m constantly telling her to take her shoes out of my room when she kicks them off before climbing onto our bed.
While she was cleaning her room she called me to her room.
Kailyn: who’s shoes are those? (and she points to my shoes I kicked off my feet the night before when I slept in her bed)
Kailyn:welllll daddy, go put them in your room before I throw them in the trash.
Me: (laughing shaking my head) okay Kailyn. (i picked up my shoes and put them in my room)
6. What advice can you give any new father out there?
I would suggest, try to be better than the dad you had.(mine wasn’t around so I do everything with her) Give your child or kids more than what you had, don’t live your life through them because you had it bad. I’m a MMA Fighter and she is a Figure Skater, completely different but I treat it as if it’s a sport I love. Do more for them, they will notice. And don’t lie to them.
Thanks so much man, it was a pleasure getting to know you and we wish you all the best in everything you do, brother!
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