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QUALITY AND QUANTITY TIME BEING A FATHER IS ABOUT BEING THERE
n our last issue, I wrote about what my mother and my wife have done to enrich my life. If you’re a mother, I hope you got a phone call from your kids on Mother’s Day. You definitely deserve it. As for my household, my children’s annual practice of making my wife breakfast in bed was a success. This month, it only makes sense to talk about fatherhood. I need to take a different approach for two reasons: 1) Because I’m a father myself, and 2) because my mother raised my sister and I as a single mom, so we didn’t have a dad around the house. Father’s Day is another reminder of the sacrifices my mom made for us, because she had to play both roles. Being a parent is one of the most difficult things you can do — and that’s with help. Doing it as a single parent is a different story. If you’re a single parent, I certainly pay tribute to you. I put a huge focus on spending quality and quantity time with my kids. They’re both at the age where they still think their dad is cool. When they’re teenagers, they’ll want to be off with their friends all the time. I have to take advantage of the present. That’s one of my main goals as a father — to be involved and present. It’s a decision I made a long time ago. I only had my mother, and she did a wonderful job raising us. But as long as my children have both parents, I’m going to make sure they experience the full benefits, and that means really being there.
That decision caused me to make a few sacrifices with work. A few years
ago, I had three physical therapy practices. I just worked all the
time. I really enjoy helping people with physical therapy, and there were a lot of advantages to having all three. But I wasn’t spending enough time with my kids. I decided to sell two of them. I realized I was never going to get that time back. Time just flies at this age. Like I said, when they’re this young, they still want to hang out with me. That won’t last forever. But even when they’re teenagers who want to be with their friends all the time, I hope they know that I’ll be there for them just as much as I am now. Being a father isn’t just about spending time, though. My purpose is to love my children, but not necessarily to be their friend. If I can teach them to be good people and to work hard for what they want, I will have done my job. To me, that’s the mission of a father. In the meantime, I’ll continue to spend quality and quantity time with them — quality by doing things we both love, like coaching my daughter’s softball team and my son’s baseball and lacrosse team, and quantity by spending as much of it with them as possible. Like I said, for me, it’s just about being there.
Welcome our new physical therapist!
“Father’s Day is another reminder of the sacrifices my mom made for us because she had to play both roles.”
Happy Father’s Day!
– David DeLaFuente
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