Marcedes Lewis, Tight End for the Jacksonville Jaguars recently sat down with “My Life as a Dad.” He discussed how being raised by a single teen mom shaped him, and how he learned to be the man of the house at a very young age. As a new father, he sees this translating into how he parents his daughter.
Growing up, respect was one of the most important values he learned from his mother. Now he is determined to instil those same values into his little girl. “I’m always on her about manners,” he stated.
But when it comes to discipline, Marcedes feels he has the formula down. “I just talk to her” he explained. “I want my daughter to grow up knowing you don’t have to raise your voice.” Instead, he wants her to understand his voice and his eyes in moments of seriousness. And since she is not a tantrum baby, he was able to teach her early on to use her words, as well.
When it comes to quality father-daughter time, Marcedes said that they love to get out of the house together – especially for a day at Disneyland!
“She’s like my little twin,” he boasted, adding that when she says, ‘Daddy, I look just like you’, it melts his heart.