William's Places: Being a DAD and A Realtor - How Do WE Do It?

Being a DAD and A Realtor - How Do WE Do It?

I have to confess, this was inspired by Jennifer Allen's upcoming series on Realtor Moms.

Being that the next major event after Easter is Mother's Day, it reminded me of a gripe that my pastor has been echoing for the last 20 years: On Mother's Day, you can't find a place that isn't jam packed to have dinner. On Father's Day - there are many places to choose from.

I know, I know - there are fathers who are not there, who give all of us a bum rap.

What about those of us, the millions of us who are doing exactly what we are supposed to be doing?

 My Son and I Being a dad is the #1 most important thing that I do. I have been there for all of my children's important firsts - first steps, first words, first teeth, you name it, I've been there. Not only have I been there, but everything that I do outside of the house - from teaching, to real estate, to delivering newspapers at 3 am in the morning, to selling vacuum cleaners, to babysitting - all of it has been for the express purpose of doing what I have to do as a father - to provide for my home, my wife, and my children.

Is it hard? Yes, it sure is! And I am absolutely certain that every dad can attest to the same. So, How do WE do it?

First and foremost, I remind myself everyday that what I do is for my children.

Then I make sure that I take time with them, even in the midst of my busy schedule. And I sacrifice everything for them.

My son got sick - kept having ear infections. I took the day off from my job to bring him to the doctor.  Not his mother, ME!!! I missed faculty meetings and listing appointments and showings to make sure that my son was ok. Would I do it again? In a heartbeat! It wouldn't be a second thought.

When my children wake up in the morning, I'm usually gone already. But when I get home, you should see the smile that lights up their faces, especially my little man Smiling at his daddy! - it is absolutely the best feeling in the world.

I am teaching my son what he needs to know - by my example and with my words - how to grow up to become a man, and as he gets older, I can teach him what being a father is really all about.

When I am working from my home office, when it is time for him to be fed or get his milk, I do it. When he needs to be changed, I  do it. When it is time for him to be put to sleep, he is not a momma's boy - oh, no. He comes and gets Me! And what do I do? I turn off the monitor, turn out the lights, and I put my son to sleep.

I recently discovered, from my wife, that my son has an arm on him. Only 1 years and 4 months old, but has an arm on him, and I strongly suspect that he, like his older sister, is left handed. So me, being the anti-sports guy that I am, decided instead of stifling his new-found interest, that I would encourage it. So, when i get home from work, what do I do? I find his toy balls (football, soccer ball, you name it, he's got it) and we toss it around for awhile. If we don't, he'll tell me "ball!" and I go and get it for him.

So how about it, fellas? Let's show the Mom Realtors how WE do it!

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Comment balloon 6 commentsWilliam James Walton Sr. • April 04 2009 11:47AM


William, sounds like you are a great father to your son. Thanks for sharing your family story. Well if he becomes a big league pitcher some day you will be set if he remembers dear old Dad. I agree that Father's Day doesn't get near the equal treatment as Mother's Day.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 11 years ago

Well aren't YOU the man~!:-) Very cool........and great to hear......its not been my personal experience.......but I am so impressed that you are the dad you are!

Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor over 11 years ago

Gary - I have no doubt that he'll remember me. It's a shame though - there wouldn't be any moms without us...

Liz - I'm just doing what my dad didn't do, so I totally understand where you are coming from. I think what I should have said is that I want to hear other stories from other Realtor Dads on how they balance their jobs as realtors and being great fathers....

Posted by William James Walton Sr., Greater Waterbury Real Estate (WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group) over 11 years ago

William, I am sure that you hear this a lot, but you son is a spitting image of you.  One of my daughter's is my mini-me as well.  I agree with you there is no greater job than raising kids.

Posted by Christine McInerney, The McInerney Team, Knoxville TN Homes For Sale (Great Life RE) over 11 years ago

William, you make some great points.  Dads do deserve recognition, and I believe that is slowly increasing as we have more families where the parents both work and care for the home/family.  I usually like to spend Mother's Day digging in the dirt (no brunch, thank you), and my hub spends Father's Day in the hammock!  But if you want to be taken out for a special meal, I suggest you drop some very loud hints.  Heck, make the reservation yourself - why not?

Posted by Kathryn Acciari, Brand Ambassador and Business Coach (Century 21 Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Very well conceived and expressed post about both the joy and responsibility of the responsible father.  We have interesting new challenges in this day and age in our profession as we find ourselves free of the office more and more often.  With so much that can be done from the comforts of our homes, we are always on call in two arenas.  Some days, I swear I conduct business around diaper changes and naps rather than vice versa.  And you know what?  I wouldn't change a thing.  It is an impossible juggling exhibition, with forty seven flaming swords in the air and only two hands and one overmatched psyche, but these years are as fleeting as the transactions we pursue.  We'll wake up one day and the house will be empty and the clients will have come and gone.  Wonder which we'll miss more if our priorities ever become jumbled?  Like you, I think I do this job right.  I'm not perfect, painfully far from it actually, but I'm here.  Always.

Posted by Paul Slaybaugh, Scottsdale, AZ Real Estate (Realty Executives) over 11 years ago