Am I a Good Parent?

So my company Dangle came about because my son isn’t the biggest fan of doing homework or stuff around the house. I simply wanted to build something that would help his mom and I help him do what he needs to do and make parenting a bit easier.

Originally I didn’t think about a company spinning off from this problem. It was something very personal that I had to fix. But as I talked to more and more parents I realized that they all had moments where they wondered “Am I a good parent?”. I don’t know if it’s fear that generates this question or what, but I do know that it crosses people’s minds no matter how many games, teacher conferences, or recitals they attend. You just do your best and hope your kid is ready to leave the nest.

Everyone talks about how hard it is to start a business, but there are so many things you will never know until you experience them first hand. I was working a great job making solid money when I first started Dangle, but as we were learning more and needing to put more effort and energy into it I knew I was going to have to leave my comfy job and go for it full time. It was a calculated risk, but I had to do it.

As we’ve been building the product and making progress my time has been going more and more to Dangle. It has been awesome to see us grow and an idea come to life! But the flip side of that coin is that I’ve been spending less time with my son. The company that will make our lives easier in just a few months has been the source of a year of challenges within my family (irony much?). I look back to my time at the Naval Academy during plebe summer when they break you down and then ultimately build you back up stronger than before. I know that soon we will have millions of users and I will be able to look back and smile on the temporary challenges that we are tackling. In 10 years when my son is playing spots at Stanford he won’t even remember all that has been sacrificed to get him there. And that’s exactly the way I want it.

Shoutout to all my family and friends who have had my back and kept me afloat the last few months. There are so many platitudes to fall back on about how we are almost there. Darkest before the dawn, storm is almost over, blah, blah, blah. I have no doubt in Dangle and believe in it 100%. I have to make it happen. I have to be the best dad I can be. I have to find money. I can, and I will. When we launch and get our first download I can’t wait to hop in the car and play “We Made It” — Drizzy get at me!!!

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