If you are a skateboarder, than you know who Kerry Getz is. One of the rawest skateboarders, he was consistent and technical on his board in a way that left me constantly in awe. To this day, you are hard pressed to find a better kickflip. We were lucky enough to catch Kerry for this feature, and it’s a pleasure to get to know his parenting side.
1.Tell us about what you do, who you are, and how you balance your career with being a dad?
My names Kerry Getz, I was a pro skateboarder for almost 20 yrs and co founder of Nocturnal Skateshop. Now I’m a full time stay at home father. I don’t balance my career, once the economy crashed all the companies I was sponsored by took a very hard hit and I being the oldest got hit the hardest. So I pretty much stepped down from my career to focus on my family.
2. What does being a modern-day dad mean to you?
Being their for your children every step of the way. I feel being by their side showing them manures, discipline and most importantly showing them how to enjoy their childhood to the fullest. Also most importantly making sure they don’t grow up to be wining little brats.
3.How did becoming a father change your life?
My life of becoming a father is way beyond any other first time fathers experience. I went from 0-4 children in less then a years time. My wife and I took in 3 of our niece and nephews who needed a place to grow up cause their parents kept having kids and of course could not take care of them because of their selfish life decisions. We took in a 7 yr old boy, 3 yr old girl and a new born boy of 2 months that came to us straight from the hospital. Then 15 months later my wife and I had our first child Olivia Marie Getz. I’m sure there’s not many stories like mine out there. I could go on and on about all the legal stuff and court bullshit we had to deal with for almost 3 yrs on top of it. It’s been a HUGE life changing experience.
4. Whats the greatest part about being a dad?
Watching them learn from me and seeing their smiles when i play with them. It’s a huge rewarding feeling when they call you Dad and look up to everything you do.
5. Can you share a funny story about being a father?
I sold something on Craigslist and the woman that showed up to purchase the item seen my backyard and said. Are you running a day care here? I just laughed and said you just cleared up how spoiled and great my kids have it. These kids hit the jackpot when they came into our lives.
6. What advice can you give any new father out there?
Don’t get to tied up in your career and job. Don’t let YOUR needs get in the way of raising your kids. You will regret it later down the road. Be sure to be a kid with them.
Thanks so much Kerry! It was an honor and pleasure to have you be a part of our site. Keep up the good work!