Featured Dads

Featured Dad: “Presence is the most valuable gift you can give.”

Meet Kevin McNee of Kevin McNee Coaching

Tell us about your family!*

I am a divorced father of two. I have a partner that I am living with now, that I am completely in love with. My son is 13 and my daughter is 11. My son decided to live with me full time last year, while my daughter stays with my ex. Challenging navigation but doing everything I can to create an amazing life for all.

Tell us about when you found out you were going to be a dad?

*My ex and I were planning our wedding, and it was extremely stressful. We were not trying but it happened unexpectedly! I was so excited, one to be a dad, which I’d always wanted but it also alleviated the stress of wedding planning for at least a year!

What was the greatest lesson your father, or a father figure taught you?*

Hard work beats talent any day.

What is the most stereotypical Dad thing that you do?

I actually said, “because I said so!” I was embarrassed! Lol, I said I’d never do that. Also, I am a hockey dad, so, in Canada that would be considered stereotypical maybe…

What has been the most outrageous, funniest or most bizarre Dad moment you’ve had thus far?

Going to a party with the kids, and my daughter, who was 6 years old at the time, pooped herself, and tracked it all over my buddy’s house and the bathroom. Then, working on cleaning it up, covering up my daughter and not allowing her friends and the other kids to find out what happened. She was so embarrassed, and did not want anyone to know. Luckily, I had a change of clothes in the truck, got her cleaned up and changed. She just kept saying, “thank you Dad, thank you Dad” and it choked me up, knowing that I was saving her from what she was afraid of. Funny, awkward, and awesome moment!.

Who was the best TV Dad and why?

Danny Tanner! Raising 3 daughters, having real conversations with them, being honest, open and vulnerable. More strength than the closed off, tough, silent dads we grew up with.

Has being a dad impacted your career? How?

Yes, way more empathy. Stronger boundaries, and forced me to follow though!What’s one thing you’ve learned from your child/ children?*Follow through on what I say the first time. Even when they try their hardest to play the sweetness card…

What is your best piece of Dad advice?*

Kids need the structure, even when they don’t like it. Presence is the most valuable gift you can give. Be honest with them, and talk about the things your parents didn’t talk about with you.

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Written by Kevin McNee

Kevin guides and mentors Men that have many of the things that “should” allow them to feel “successful, happy and fulfilled, but are feeling empty, alone, and stuck, to find their inner warrior and align it with the man in the mirror. Connect with Kevin at https://www.heart-warriors.com/