Michael Knight is a Los Angeles based jeweler & designer that specializes in unique engagement rings and statement pieces utilizing the finest of gems and metals. He has been a supporter of Modern Day Dads since the very beginning and it was only a matter of time before we needed to hear more from him! His drive and talent are both boundless and he has a great outlook on life and being a father. He is a stay at home dad that works from a home studio and a dedicated family man. Get to know Michael, and make sure to check out his website for some seriously fine jewelry.
1. Tell us about what you do, who you are, and how you balance your career with being a dad?
My name is Michael Knight and I’m a jeweler specializing in one of a kind engagement rings, and more elaborate statement pieces. I also make collections for specialty retailers.
Being a stay-at-home dad can get hectic because I work in my home studio, but I love spending all day with my son. He always comes first, and everything else gets done around his schedule. It’s not always easy to balance work deadlines, my relationship, and everything else in life, but my fiance and I work as a team to support each other through everything. Naptime helps a lot to.
My son also does his part to help balance everything! He laughs a lot, naps regularly, and he’s always happy to play with toys for a while so I can work. He’s fascinated to watch me work— from a safe distance. Maybe we’ll start a family jewelry business when he’s older, who knows.
Baby backpacks are a life saver and I really doubt I would be able to get as much done without mine, He goes with me when it’s time to visit clients or to purchase supplies and is rather social with everybody we come in contact with so it makes it easy to be out and about constantly even in business oriented situations.
2. What does being a modern-day dad mean to you?
Modern fathers should break through the traditional family model of being a bread winner while letting the mother raise the kids. Today’s fathers need to go further and be a massive part of their kids lives. Being a modern age parent means sharing the work, joy, and challenges of heavy involvement in all parts of family life. My fiance and I both change diapers, do feedings at all hours, go on walks, read stories, etc. That’s the way it should be, and we’re both 110% involved with our son and committed to building a strong family bond with each other.
3.How did becoming a father change your life?
Fatherhood makes time fly by and slow down all at once. A year ago, taking a walk on a nice day wasn’t something I thought I had time for, but now a walk with my son is one of the best parts of y day.
The biggest change was career related. When finding out we were having a baby, I was working as a body piercer full-time and making jewelry in spare time. We realized something would have to change. My fiance and I agreed that I should go full force into jewelry making, which allowed me to work from home, and she could continue on with her career as the executive assistant to the CEO of a children’s non-profit foundation (bbscfoundation.org, check them out, they help a lot of kids).
It was scary to give up the dependable income of a fulltime job, but working at home lets me build a career, and my son could have a parent take care of him full time. It has been a lot of hard work, but it was definitely best for my son, and my new career direction has been a dream come true.
4. Whats the greatest part about being a dad?
Every morning when my son wakes up he’s always in the best mood! I would do anything to wake up with that amount of sheer joy. Every morning he just sits up smiles, and usually starts clapping, and every time it rocks me to my core just knowing that my son is that happy to be awake and go about his day alongside me. It’s a great feeling knowing your kid is happy and it’s reassuring to feel you’re doing something good and right in this world.
5. Can you share a funny story about being a father?
One time while working on a piece my son was hanging out on his playmat, playing with toys and making silly noises… little did I know he had figured out how to take his diaper off! He hadn’t done that before, and while I’m sitting there working away, he silently makes his way to me. I felt warm water hitting my foot, and thought I’d knocked over my coffee without noticing. But then I look down to see my son, as happy as can be, that he had peed all over my feet….. I’ve never laughed so hard in my life!
6. What advice can you give any new father out there?
Learn to make baby food! This is the one thing I will swear by. Most pre-made jars of baby food taste awful. Try it, and if you don’t like the taste, your kid probably won’t either.
Other people love to give you their opinions, whether you ask or not. Listen politely, give thoughtful consideration, but don’t take it all to heart. Same goes for baby books. Nobody’s experience will be the exact same as yours.
Make time for yourself. It’s not selfish (I had trouble with this); it’s healthy and you need some time to rejuvenate. Also make time for you and your partner, even if it’s just 20 or 30 minutes during naptime, but it’s so important to foster your relationship.
Most of all, be there for your family and do everything to 100% of your ability— it’s worth every bit of effort that you put into it.
Get a hold of Michael here:
Website is lckjewelry.com
Thanks so much Michael! It was awesome to get to know you and you really are an inspiration. Your jewelry is top notch and we wish you continued success with everything you do!