Father’s Day is an occasion we can remember and celebrate fathers everywhere, collectively honoring and recognizing the men in our lives. Over the past year, we recognize that many of our working parents have played the roles of full-time caregiver, teacher, parent while managing a career. DHG is proud to support our working parents through flexibility and family-centered benefits.
To mark the occasion, we are highlighting the unique story of Colby Robinson, a Financial Advisor with DHG Wealth Advisors in Charlotte, NC.
Tell us about your family.
I have three kids – a 2-year-old son, 1-year-old son, and 5-month-old daughter. My wife and I started fostering our two boys in September and our daughter was born in January. One of my favorite parts of the day is sitting down with the boys before bedtime and reading a book to them. In the chaos of having three kids under three years old, I love slowing down and spending that time with them.
What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned since becoming a father?
The most valuable thing I have learned since becoming a father is to be present and to love unconditionally. My boys came from an environment that was not safe and where they were not cared for in the way they deserved to be. When we first started fostering the boys, our oldest son was afraid of most men, including me, because of the environment he grew up in. Over the past eight months, it has been amazing to see him come out of his shell and come to love the father figures in his life.
We’ve talked a lot about silver linings at DHG. Tell us a special moment that you’ve had with your kids from the past year.
When the boys first came to us, we learned that our youngest son likely has cerebral palsy and significant developmental delays as a result. We have spent many hours over the past several months in PT and OT, which led to our son taking his very first steps a few weeks ago! Being there for that moment was so special, and I was so proud to see his hard work and perseverance pay off.
How do you plan to celebrate Father’s day this year?
We plan to spend Father’s Day this year with my wife’s family here in Charlotte! We will have dinner together as a family and celebrate all the parents in the family.
We launched a new series called Heroes at DHG on the Life at DHG Podcast. We’ve been asking our DHG Heroes who they look up to and many said their mother or father. What is one piece of advice you’ve learned from one of your parents?
My dad grew up without a father because his father walked out on their family when he was young. This shaped the way my dad approached fatherhood himself and he always went above and beyond to be there for me and my sister. He has taught me how important it is to selflessly love and support my children every day.
What makes you most proud to be a working parent at DHG?
I am proud of the way DHG supports employees that are parents. When we got the call to take in the boys and when my daughter was unexpectedly in the NICU, DHG supported me and allowed me to unplug and be there for my family. This time and support allowed me to completely prioritize my family’s needs when our life was full of uncertainty. I am proud to work at a company that values my life outside of the workplace so I can be the father I want to be.