INDULGE MIAMI: MEET SOME OF MIAMI’S MOST SUCCESSFUL SINGLE DADS
Lives in: South Miami.
Children: Alessandra, 5, and Adara, 4.
Occupation: Founder and CEO, Dyme Lyfe.
Wearing: Penguin shirt and Armani shoes (his own), WOLF pants from Brickell City Centre.
What advice from your dad has made you a better father?
“The No. 1 thing passed on to me by my father was to always let your kids be kids. You want to teach them life lessons and instill values, and sometimes it works best if you can make it fun. For example, I teach them math using money. Kids love to touch everything, so I let them hold a penny, nickel, dime, quarter, dollar — counting out the multiple denominations. By playing with it, they’re learning about the value of money and learning math at the same time.
“One of the most difficult parts of being a single dad is when you have a sick child, because all they want is their mother. That really makes you appreciate what moms go through. I am very grateful for my girlfriend Christina’s daily guidance. I don’t know what I would do without her.
“I don’t like to be catered to. I like for everyone to celebrate being together.”
“The most rewarding part is when my kids make me feel that I am their protector. They draw me portraits. They always make me big, with muscles. I love the details they put into it. And you can’t throw them away, so I keep a box full of drawings, which I cherish.
“On Father’s Day, I like to keep it simple. I like going to brunch, coming home, getting in the pool and relaxing. I don’t like to be catered to; I like for everyone to celebrate being together.”