Tom Murphy is the father of 2 girls (4 ½ years and 2 ½ months). He is married to Caroline and recently started blogging at Smarty Pants Dada, a site that complements her Smarty Pants Mama site. The Murphys reside in Miami where Tom finds the year round warmth as a huge benefit to where they live but the potential for hurricanes and hot summer months to be a challenge.
Full Time Working Dad
Tom works full time at a job in Naples, Florida that requires more than full time hours. He often leaves the house at 5:30 am and returns home at 7:30 pm. The long hours are challenging mainly because he says “it’s hard to get as much family time as I want” but working is a necessity as the main provider for the family financially.
Memorable Moments in Parenting
As a father, Tom has many memorable moments. He says his funniest moment is when he first changed his eldest daughter’s diaper “and it decided to fall right off of her as I picked her up.” His scariest moment occurred when at a water park with his daughter who “accidentally knocked down and hit her head.” He recalls her projectile vomiting in the car. “Needless to say there was an ER visit that day.”
Parenting Style and Parental Role Model
When it comes to parenting, Tom describes himself as “the fun one” and has no regrets. “I do the best I can,” he admits, “and I am completely satisfied with that.”
He feels that it’s most difficult to parent a newborn and a three year old but when he needs advice, he turns to his wife and family. When asked about a role model, he exclaims, “My wife. She’s the best!”