JASON RIFE Director of Graduate Business Career Services at UF
DAD TO KATHRYN (9) What is the best part about being a dad? Watching her do something she once thought was too hard.
What is the hardest part about being a dad?
Allowing my daughter to fail and determining if /when to step in and help. I want her to learn to be resilient by adapting to setbacks, but I also hate to see her struggle.
Do you have any special “dad” routines? Storytime at night – I retell movies (mostly 80s action flicks) as a series of bedtime stories.
What part of parenting scares you the most?
She’s always watching and listening to my wife and I, using us as examples…so reacting poorly to something on a bad day can have a long-lasting impact.
What is your most memorable “dad” moment?
Which TV or Movie dad is most like you? Tim Allen – Last Man Standing
Do you have a special activity that you do with your kid?
UF’s Family Fishing days – catching some blue gills!
What is your go-to breakfast?
“Daddy-Daughter Donut Day,” every couple of weeks at Donut Connection.
GIGGLEMAGAZINE.COM | JUNE/JULY 2019
IN THE WORDS OF WIFE, ERIN "[Jason] takes [Kathryn] to school everyday and treats her to daddydaughter donut days once a month... They are best friends and watching their relationship grow is what makes him such a HOT dad!"
Photos by SincerelyGone Photography.
Going on a neighborhood “safari” walk through our neighborhood at the time - Suburban Heights. We kept a list of everything we saw such as different birds, dogs and squirrels. Kathryn kept hoping we’d see a snake that day, as we’d seen some racers from time to time. As we were nearing the end of the walk, I was looking up in the trees for hawks when Kathryn said, “There’s a snake, Daddy!” I looked down to see a brightly colored snake about six feet ahead, slithering directly in our path. After stopping dead in our tracks, I looked closer and confirmed that the red bands were touching the yellow bands!
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