“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” ~Jim Valvano
Samaria – 8, Curtis III – 2, new baby on way!
How amazing is it to feature a super dope Dad?! Get to know Curtis Franklin people! He is a is a Chicago Assistant to an Alderman and a father of two (with a new baby girl on the way).
The Insane Mama: What is your favorite thing about fatherhood?
Curtis: My favorite thing is the opportunity to give my children the life I never had. Growing up was rough, I had both parents but we had no money. I started working in the 8th grade and didn’t stop. I want them to be able to enjoy sports or whatever they want to get involved with.
The Insane Mama: What is the hardest thing about fatherhood?
Curtis: The hardest thing, time. My job is very demanding and results in a lot of late days and fatigue. When I come home I can’t wear any of that. My family needs daddy when he is home. So no matter how tired I am, I have to fulfill my role for them.
The Insane Mama: What is the most important thing you want your children to understand about life?
Curtis: I want them to understand that laziness results in 0 gains. Nothing is ever handed to you. You must be willing to do the extra work that others wont do.
The insane Mama: What do you believe is most important to teach your children as a father?
Curtis: Respect and humility . But not just respecting me, respecting others. And knowing who and when to show the proper respect. But most important, demanding respect when you have earned it. Yet demanding it without arrogance or ignorance.
The Insane Mama: What’s your favorite book to read to your children?
Curtis: My oldest loves Monster High, so she has a multi-chapter book that we read. For my son we read a lot of small educational books to stimulate his growth. For my unborn, a-b-c’s.
The Insane Mama: If you could teach them a proverb about life that they would never forget what would that be?
Curtis: Proverb: Always put your best foot forward. Understand that you will be immediately judge by your appearance, so make sure you appear intelligent. But make sure you are intelligent enough to back that appearance. Never be in a position for someone to say you didn’t put 100% in anything. And always walk with your head high and proud of who you are.