Raul was an early follower of the modern-day dads Instagram. After following him back I was able to see the life of a man that is dedicated to his wife and children. He is a graphic artist that is creative, thoughtful and caring. The purpose of Modern Day Dads is to uplift and inspire parents from all walks of life. The dads we have featured all have one thing in common: they are extremely important to their families. The common thread and bond we all have as fathers is evident in the way we all have varied yet similar answers to the questions below. I found Raul to be very inspiring and thought it would be great to be able to introduce him to all of you. Without any further adieu, meet my friend, Raul!
1. Tell us about what you do, who you are, and how you balance your career with being a dad?
My name is Raul Machuca Jr. and I’ve been a graphic designer for over 4 years. I’m married to my gorgeous wife, whom I have known since 2003, and have two children Elijah (4) and Grace (2). Being a graphic artist has given me the ability to engage with my kids using multiple art forms and explore new and compelling ways to express ourselves through life. Some avenues of expression are music, we build and craft together, we bike ride and fly kites together, we color and paint together and most importantly converse and communicate with one another about everything. I’m always mesmerized by the type of discussions I have with my son and how we can dissect a topic in way we both understand and learn from it.
2. What does being a modern-day dad mean to you?
Being a Modern Day Dad is about digging deeper into your kids’ lives and being involved in every aspect. It is not only about providing food and shelter, but being there for the first steps, first bike ride, first knee scrape, first day of school, first school play, first heartbreak and being present every single day. It is teaching them right from wrong, showing them how the world is changing and choosing which parts of the world to take in and which parts to avoid.
3. How did becoming a father change your life?
Having children will transform your life! Prior to having my first born, I tried to prepare myself as much as possible. I found myself thinking about my new journey, , but years later realized.it was nothing like I thought it would be– it was so much better. I learned to appreciate small accomplishments that make fatherhood rewarding. I invest in my kids realizing how much of an influence I really am. Additionally, I am able to experience an unconditional love like I haven’t experienced before. I developed the ability to understand and interact with my kids in a unique and genuine way that only I can feel. I learned to remove myself from “me” and focus on my kids because I would give my life for them. Though it may be tough at times, I realized how much it’s all worth it at the end of the day!
4. What’s the greatest part about being a dad?
I call this “The Package.” You really have to embrace the full package of being a father. The good, the bad, and the ugly. You really can’t get caught up on just the good times, the bad times or the ugly times. You focus on the good to encourage yourself to keep doing what you’re doing. You evaluate the bad to improve and learn from those failures and as far as the ugly goes, you know those diapers have to be changed at some point. Embrace it!
5. Can you share a funny story about being a father?
Absolutely! I was home from working the front desk night shift at a Motel 6 in Utah and my son was about 2 months old at the time. My son had just finished his breakfast and was nothing short of full when I decided it would be a great idea to raise him over my head and give him a couple of twirls, like the good dad I am. Ten seconds into my brief father-son connection time, I raise him for a final Eskimo nose rub and Elijah loses his complete ability to hold down his food and projectile vomits all over my face. Needless to say, I learned three things. One, never shake your baby right after he’s done eating. Two, yes baby vomit is warm and chunky and three, do not and I repeat DO NOT forget to NOT to shake your baby after he eats!
6. What advice can you give any new father out there?
Invest in your kids. They are a complete replica of who you are. They are a “thermometer” of how healthy your parental relationship is with them. Invest time, wisdom and love so they learn how to do the same. Right the wrongs your father did and be that change. The best thing you can do for your kids is be there and be there always.
Thanks Raul, it was awesome getting to know you better! I appreciate you taking the time to share yourself with our readers. Keep up the great work! You truly are a rad dad!
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