Celebrating Schwab and TDA Dads!
June 21, 2021
By Melissa Brandon, Director, Communications
It’s safe to say we’ve all learned something during the COVID-19 Pandemic. But the lessons learned for families who’ve welcomed a new baby during the past year have been even more impactful. In honor of Father’s Day, we wanted to highlight some of those lessons and celebrate a few of our new Schwab and TDA dads.
Matt – Southlake, Texas
"Being a new parent is tough, and it was a challenge to have our twins born during the pandemic. The most important lesson I learned was to simply re-focus and embrace the time I had with my wife and new babies. Things that used to seem important became trivial. Our lives slowed down and at the same time became richer for it. I now appreciate this time in our lives for allowing us reset and focus on what matters most."
Jordan – Omaha, Nebraska
"I learned to double down on being kind to others. Many people lost loved ones, dealt with mental health issues and/or now have long term health consequences because of COVID-19. When I think about other people’s pandemic experiences, it’s an important reminder that you may never know what someone else might be struggling with on the inside and that small gestures like a friendly smile or kind word can go a long way in making someone’s life just a little bit better. Everyone could use a little more of that, especially during a pandemic."
Perry – Richfield, Ohio
"We learned the importance of being outside! Take your kids outside as much as possible, whether it be in your backyard or a national park. It helps everyone to get out when you can."
Adaryl – Southlake, Texas
"For me it would be that you could never spend too much time with your newborn! Being able to work from home during the pandemic has allowed me to spend more time with my son that I could have ever imagined. I cherish every moment and wouldn’t trade it for the world."
Matt – Tampa, Florida
"I learned to appreciate family time. Working from home the past year I’ve gotten to see my kids grow up more than I would have working in my office. Over the past year I’ve realized the importance of putting my phone down and soaking in the moment. Our family has been relatively lucky during this pandemic compared to a lot of families that lost loved ones and it really put it in perspective that I will never get this time back. I have no concerns of returning to the office as I’m excited to get back and see my teams and finally step foot on a Schwab campus, but the silver lining of the past year is that I was able to spend more time enjoying my family grow."
Chris – Lone Tree, Colorado
"The pandemic taught us to be more creative with activities and playing games as a family, particularly during the winter or the hottest part of the summer when we couldn’t get outside. When the weather was nice it taught us to take advantage of every opportunity to give the kids experiences, going to new parks, outdoor zoos, etc., to ensure that they were seeing new things."
Zack - San Francisco, California
"Being a new father is enough change, but throw in a pandemic on top and it’s quite the perfect storm. It’s one day at a time, sometimes one minute at a time. It was a very long journey for us to have our baby girl, and the pandemic was a just another chapter to that story but nothing we couldn’t handle. I also learned there’s nothing you can’t buy online and get delivered the next day!"
Brent – Westlake, Texas
"The biggest lesson my wife and I learned is to never take for granted the ability to share life experiences, big or small, with friends and family. While the pandemic made some aspects of the pregnancy easier, we were not able to fully share those special moments with those we care about. Most notably the hospital safety measures prevented us from having visitors for sonograms and post-delivery. This new sense of appreciation in the importance of community will be carried forward not only in how I share my own life experiences, but also how I take advantage of becoming a bigger presence in the lives of others."
Mike – Austin, Texas
"I learned your perspective changes on EVERYTHING and with that comes some hard choices. Our tolerance for any level of risk plummeted because all that mattered was his health and well-being. We have a lot of family and friends that still haven’t met him because we weren’t comfortable with them traveling and visiting. And while it’s easier to become completely un-selfish are new parents, it’s much harder for others to come to terms with it!"
Jonathan – Westlake, Texas
"We learned the importance of video chat platforms, for staying in touch with family members outside of the United States, especially when in-person gatherings are still not possible."
Cory – Lone Tree, Colorado
"Becoming a dad during the pandemic helped me gain an even greater appreciation for the doctors and nurses in labor and delivery. Babies (of course) were born throughout the pandemic and they were there the whole time to welcome them into the world!"