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  • The World's Second Toughest Job–An Irvine Orthodontist's Take
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    My wife showed me a great video of an interview for a job position.  The job required 365 days of work with no holidays off–In fact, holidays times required more work.  There is no pay and no overtime pay, it’s completely a volunteer position. The interviewees were shocked, until they found out that billions of people were doing it every single day.  At the end, the big reveal is that the job description is that of a mom!  You can view the video here (but beware that it’s a tearjerker). Such a wonderful video inspired me to write (since I don’t have the skills to make a video) a job description for dads. In my opinion, dads are super underappreciated. In fact, some of you ultra busy and meek dads reading this might not even know that Father’s Day is coming up soon!

     

    • A second job is required because this job does not pay.
    • This job will be more difficult than your regular job. When you get home from your regular job you must work harder.
    • Sleeping on the job is frowned upon.
    • Holidays require increased funding from your wallet and more work.
    • You may get backlash from your associates if you try to help with good intentions, but not perform to your associates’ standards.
    • As your associates increase in age they may begin to resent you for not doing the things they want you to do.
    • Nighttime work is required.
    • Plumbing, electrical, heavy moving, and massage therapy skills are highly recommended.
    • There is no training for this job.
    • Associates are volatile at certain times of the year in which you need to spend extra time being understanding otherwise they will not feel like they are needed.
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    Writing these makes me laugh and the list can go on. Feel free to add more in the comments section or on our Facebook page!  In all seriousness though, props to all the fathers out there.  I never knew how hard of a job it would be until I had my own. Granted, I have five kids and am trying to run a new orthodontics office in Irvine, but any father goes through the same stress with their work and family.  We worry about supporting the family and being good spouses and good dads.  We want what is best for our children and families.  We screw up a lot, but it’s not our intention, and sometimes we don’t even know when we screw up.

     

    This brings up my own experience with my father.  Sure, he had some anger management issues, and he was not the the most talkative person, but thinking back he did his best and what he thought was his best. My dad’s father died when he was relatively young so he really had no idea what it was like to be a father.  Sometimes I blame my dad for being so strict, or not being this or that, but the truth is I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for him.  He didn’t drink, smoke, nor spend money lavishly. He gave me opportunities that many other people don’t have.

    img9So to all you dads out there… keep your heads up high! We all go through relatively the same things, but the daily grind is tough.  Believe me! I know! Being an orthodontist in Irvine, I see a ton of dads putting in time whereas 10 years ago it was always the moms.  So kuddos to you! But in the end, hopefully you will look back and just be proud of what we did and that we left a good legacy for our children.  At best, our children are cared for and they know we unconditionally love them no matter what they do and that is something we should be proud of. Happy Father’s Day!
     
    P.S. Come by our office and pick up a free voucher for a 16 oz. draft from our neighbors at First Class Pizza. Cheers to you, dads!

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