Jennifer Aydin's husband, Bill Aydin, is a busy guy. He's a plastic surgeon with a bustling medical practice, a dad to five kids, and sometimes, he just likes to let loose with the other Garden State hubbies. But even when his focus can be laser-pointed at his work as a doctor, at the end of the day, he admits it's all about his adorable family.
In an email interview with The Daily Dish, Dr. Aydin opened up about how he manages it all.
The Daily Dish: Describe your first Father's Day.
Bill Aydin: My son was nine months old when we celebrated my first Father’s Day. We lived in Manhattan at the time. We got to spend all day together as I was in my research year during residency training. Being a father felt like I was achieving the most important milestone in my life. Obviously, my son did not know the joy that he brought my wife and me at the time. The day started with a brunch in the West Village. Then, a stroll at the West Side Highway. Eventually, dinner at my father-in-law's house.
Describe your best Father's Day.
BA: Each Father’s Day is getting better and better for me. Seeing my children get older and understand life gives me bliss. Last year, my youngest child, Olivia, made a picture collage that I took to the office. If I am having a tough day, one glance at those pictures makes me forget all my problems.
How would you describe your dad philosophy?
BA: My dad philosophy is a combination of mind control (lol), self reflection, friendship, dictatorship. I make sure each one of my children understand they are loved equally, only liked if they live up to their responsibilities and everything in the house is a community property. I tolerate some mischief with them and a lot of independence, but they are not allowed to hurt each other or others.
What have you learned most about yourself from being a dad?
BA: How much love I have for my kids. I was raised with a very strict upbringing and emotions were not shown culturally. As I have become a father, my love for my children has allowed me to speak about my emotions and share this with all my loved ones.
What’s the most important lesson you can teach your kids?
BA: Besides the 10 commandments, to love each other and to try their best in life.
Are you the easy parent or the disciplinary parent?
BA: I have taken the role of the disciplinary parent perhaps more than I would want to because my wife is so much more of a pushover. Fortunately, we have not had to give major punishments. However, my wife just needs to say, “Wait 'til your father gets home,” or “Should I FaceTime with your father?”
What’s the most important lesson your kids have taught you?
BA: That there is life outside of work. I enjoy my work so much that there are times I find it hard to come home. I may be a little bit of workaholic that I need my wife and children to draw me back home to have a balance. The best thing that I want to be known for in this life is who I am as a father, son, and husband. Without their input, I wouldn’t reach that potential.
What do you hope for your kids and future generations?
BA: To see the world through each other's eyes. One can only achieve meaningful personal growth, if they treat each other how they want to be treated. Accepting our differences and celebrating our differences will allow us to love each other more and make the world a better place to live for the future generations.
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