Welcome to the Daddy Blogs! With Father's Day later this week, we have asked several Fathers to focus on Father's Day and what being a Father means to them. Our next Daddy Blogger is Russell Wing, an experienced Dad with great advice!
asked to put together some information about being a good dad. Well I am not sure
in my younger years I had any idea how to be a good dad. I was not grown
up myself. My beautiful wife Kathy had to raise our three boys and me at the
same time. Our boys were never the problem that I was. If I can give any
advice, it would be adore your spouse and keep God in the mix as number one,
then your spouse, then the kids.
were all boy and they were all involved in sports and were good students. My
oldest, Brad, is a preacher in Canada today and is a much better daddy than I
ever was. He and Eli and Sarah are best friends and respect their parents. Brad
and his mom and I did everything together from birth forward. He played
basketball from about four years old up and into college. He was a great
athlete and was valedictorian of his class. He has a Master’s degree from
middle son, works daily with me in real estate and is a great guy. He is
married to a wonderful girl, who is a successful new homes sales agent. Cory collects
guns and has lots of creative talents. Cory went to Columbia International
University. Kris and Cory live in Davidson, NC.
youngest, is my buddy. He also works with me and his mom. Tony is a real smart
guy and dates a wonderful girl named Abby, whom we all hope he marries real
soon. Tony went to Liberty University and has a Master’s degree from Southern
Evangelical Seminary. Tony owns a home in Charlotte.
get down to business. If you want to be a good dad do these things: Put God #1
then family then work. I did the backward. So as a dad, I spent time doing with
the boys what I thought was cool but let mom deal with the mundane things while
I entertained myself. I can tell you at 60 years old, you cannot replace those
years or the time lost trying to be rich and cool.
simple to be a good dad by treating mom like the queen she is. If you marry a
lemon, just squeeze her. It’s not about you. That will stop a lot of divorces.
kids every day you love them. Kiss them and hug them…even as adults, they love
to hear it. Don't try to have them be all you never were. And even if you were
a jock with brains, your kids are not you. Let them be artists or band members
or scouts etc. etc. etc. Support them and love them and encourage them.
Guess what ~ you will need them someday. I know that now.
Russell grew up in Indiana. He graduated from Brownsburg High School in 1971
and has been married to his wife, Kathy, since 1974. They have 3 boys and live in Indian Trail, NC. He went in real estate in
1977 and work with his dad until 1999, when they moved to Monroe and has been a
Realtor here ever since. He and his wife own Wing Property Management
and work with The Allen Tate Company. Russell is a deacon at First
Baptist Indian Trail. He is chairman of the board for Union County Habitat
for Humanity, Vice Chair for The Arc of Union, Member of the Union County Planning
Board, member of The Mumpo Board, vice chair of Family Fortress Ministries,
member of North Carolina Association of Realtors and a State Political
Coordinator. He is an Executive committee person for the Union County
Republican party and vice chair for Safer Communities Ministries.