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The Parenting Skills I Gained from My Staffing and Recruiting Family

We interrupt your weekly dose of staffing and recruiting knowledge to give you this:

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BABY! Everyone loves a baby. Four weeks ago, my wife and I welcomed our third child to the world, Kennedy Layne Sarant. They say that you should separate business with pleasure, but that is difficult when you love what you do, and work with people you consider family. And with that in mind and some other factors, we decided on the name Kennedy Layne. It honors the family and friendship that I have grown to love. It continues to build on the foundation, ensuring that the Kennedy name lasts forever. 

Becoming a new father for the third time has given me the opportunity to reflect on fatherhood. So what does being a father mean to me? In short, everything.

Like most skills, being a good father involves hard work and dedication. I don’t think anyone is born with the know-how of being a good parent. Instead, it is developed from a series of examples of what good parents do and do not. And even then, you continue to learn as you go. My approach to parenting is similar to the way I approach leadership. I set the pace and encourage and motivate my kids to follow along. I am aware of their needs and work to fulfill them. I remain calm under pressure and support them through their problems. It is difficult and tiring, but I don’t quit. I am involved. 

Being a father has changed everything for me. I can honestly say it has made me not only a better person but the best version of me. I work hard and have acted on my ambition to ensure they have everything they want and need. I work a lot but always make time to play and laugh. I even obtained my degree to show them that you can accomplish any goal you have, even if it takes eighteen years. Most of all, these three taught me to love beyond anything I could have imagined. 

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But it takes a village. The greatest thing about working for a family-owned company is their commitment to family. My Kennedy family has encouraged and supported my path of fatherhood. They have been the example. All of these strong women around me, but that doesn’t mean there are not strong men there too. So on this Father’s Day, I pay homage to the Kennedy men who have shown me what it means to be a father.

Matt Sarant is a proud member of the Kennedy Services family. Kennedy Services is one of Maryland’s oldest independent, woman-owned staffing services, located in the heart of Baltimore City. Kennedy Services continues to partner with and employ fathers throughout Maryland.