Twice a month we will interview dads in our “How Does He Do It?” feature. If interested in participating please reach out on Facebook or Instagram.
We are excited to introduce you to James R.C. Smith. He is a Vancouver-based blogger behind the award winning blog the SocialDad.ca. He also has the SocialDad podcast on Spotify. He is married with one daughter.
Are you an urban or suburban dad, where do you live?
I’ve just moved up to the North Shore and love it. I’m super excited for when it starts snowing so I can just pop up to the mountains and learn to ski.
Tell us about your children?
Our journey to parenthood was a hard one. We went through IVF and were blessed by a beautiful daughter. She’s almost 4 and full of energy, questions, and bright ideas. She is the reason I get up in the morning, literally. She wakes me up!
Tell us about your typical weekday?
Most days I get up around 6am and tip toe around to get dressed and head to work in Surrey, where I’m a Senior Social and Brand Marketing Specialist in a large HQ office. As soon as I’m home, I’m on duty and often cook the dinner, play with our daughter (and let her lead the games), and then start the bedtime routine. I’m often the one who sings the bedtime songs and read the stories and then either watch a little TV, or start working on my blog, SocialDad.ca.
Do you have help?
Only my amazing wife who looks after our daughter during the day and me during the evening. We couldn’t do it without her.
Who cooks dinner?
Usually me since my wife is exhausted from spending a full day with a 3 year old!
How often do you have date nights?
What clothing lines or stores do you like to purchase for your children?
Zara Kids have some really nice things that look great and aren’t expensive. Also, my Mum sends things from England from the JoJo Maman or Boden stores, which I love.
Do you exercise regularly and if so, what and how do you fit in it?
I try to hit the office gym during my lunch break. I used to go before work but it made me too tired and after work isn’t realistically going to happen. Once I’m home, I’m not going out again!
What is your favourite Christmas gift that you have received as an adult?
I’ll have to say it’s my daughter. She was born on Dec 14th, so I’ll take that as a Christmas gift. I just love her so much.
What are you currently watching?
There are so many shows I keep meaning to watch but have to work hard to make time. I just finished watching Breaking Bad (I know, I’m a bit late!) and then watched the El Camino spin-off, and am going through the Better Call Saul seasons, which I love. There are lots of things on Amazon Prime which are incredible, like the Jack Ryan series with John Krasinski.
Thank you so much to James R.C. Smith for taking time out of his day to let us know “How Does He Do It.”