Jonathan Seeber, most commonly known as John is the single dad of Tristan his teenage boy. John is also a musician, cook and accountant. He is one of the members of Post Rapture Party, an Alternative-Indie-Melodic-Dark Rock band and 6 Minutes to Midnight a band with an Alternative-Reggae-Rockabilly sound (check them out on facebook) both from the Seattle area.
From growing up on a bicultural environment to living abroad he brings a different perspective to the table from his life experience, specially by raising his son that has Autism. On his own words “Autism is a really broad term” and he takes it to heart shedding some light into what it really means and the challenges that it entails.
In this episode he will share some tips and tricks for tax paying parents (aren’t we all…) and share some of his experience with raising a kid that has any kind of autism. We will learn about his roots and the native American customs of passing down their heritage to their sons and daughters making sure that they live through their heritage and experience part of their culture.
We will learn the importance of being patient with our kids and the importance of knowing how and which battles to pick. Dealing with children is not easy and John is not short of challenges yet he gives us an amazing perspective:
“Jamal: What is the one thing that has you the most excited about being a dad?
John: Just the adventure. Seeing all the daily accomplishments and trials and tribulations. Going from being this tiny baby in my arms all the way up to a teenager almost the same size as I am.”
Words that he holds true to heart during this interview showing us the amazing and unconditional love he shares with his son.
“John: Your children, all of them are going to be different. They may agree with you on certain things, they might not agree with you on other things. But be patient. It is definitely about patience.”
Stay tuned for yet another amazing Diversity Dad episode filled with great stories, advice and inspiration.
“Autism is a really broad term.”
“I have been to Juneau and Anchorage, the climate specially during spring and summer is very similar to western Washington except that the mosquitos are huge.”
“You had lots of adventures with your son educating him on his culture.”
“What is the one thing that has you the most excited about being a dad?
Just the adventure. Seeing all the daily accomplishments and trials and tribulations. Going from being this tiny baby in my arms all the way up to a teenager almost the same size as I am.”
“As the parent of any teenager out there I think (the challenge) is really learning how to pick your battles. Especially when you have a child on the autistic spectrum.”
“My grandmother looks at my mom: You know what? One kid takes 24 hours a day. 5 kids take 24 hours a day.”
“Just be patient.”
“As Tristan moved into being a teenager I can see some of the family rebellious traits popping out. Just be patient, learn, pick the battles.”
“Your children, all of them are going to be different. They may agree with you on certain things, they might not agree with you on other things. But be patient. It is definitely about patience.”
POST RAPTURE PARTY
6 MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT