DADS ON DUTY – Leon Gregory

June 21, 2022

DADS ON DUTY – Leon Gregory

Leon Gregory is the Business Development Advisor (North), Investment Client Services, Sagicor Investments Jamaica Limited. He shares four sons – Manu, 11, Indra, 9, and twins Myles and Isaac, 7 –with his wife of 11 years, Vailala.
Question: How have you been raising well-adjusted children while holding down the fort at home at work, as a Dad on Duty?
Response: 
Being a father is a privilege and responsibility that I take very seriously, and I strive to not only be a provider for my family, but to also be present, active, and emotionally available to them.
The teamwork between my wife and I has been crucial in our being able to give the best to our sons, both financially and socially. It takes a great deal of compromise, sacrifice, and sharing of responsibilities to raise four very energetic boys. Vailala has been a great mother as we cared for them and supported each other. 
As our boys grow into their own personalities and interests, I try my best as their dad to keep up with them individually, support and guide them according to their passions. Despite the various obligations that come with my job, I make it a priority to I also ensure that I spend time with my family each day. Being that we’re a large family with different schedules, it’s sometimes tricky to get everyone in the same space, but mealtimes are around the table where we pray and mention one thing we are grateful for. I like to take opportune moments such as those to bond with them. 
I’m happy that my role at Sagicor is one that allows me to spend most weekends with my family, and we use that time to do chores around the home together, attend Church, and go hiking and swimming at our family Park in Oracabessa. We laugh and play a lot together, and I try to read with them most nights. They keep me on my toes, and it is very fulfilling. Of course, we have our challenging moments like any other family, but we strive to ensure that each child knows that he is loved, supported and encouraged to do his best.
Providing for my children’s needs is a very important part of being a good father, so excelling in my career is very important in ensuring that I can support their education and other necessities. I seek opportunities to upskill myself, maintain a high professional standard for my sons to look up to and emulate.
As fathers, it’s our responsibility to mentor and shape the lives of our future generations, and I take this opportunity to ‘Big up’ all the men who positively impact children’s lives every day. 

 

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