Turning thirty, turning three

Father and daughter share the same birthday and much more in common.

Dalia Younis
Father and daughter share the same birthday and much more in common
UNICEF/Egypt 2018/Maged Hamdy

25 June 2018

As part of the global Father’s Day celebration, UNICEF Egypt team interviewed a couple of Egyptian fathers to listen to their stories and insights on their relationship with their children and becoming fathers: what they expected and didn’t expect.                                        

Here’s the story of superdad Karim Harraz who, a few weeks before Father’s Day, turned thirty on the same day his little Karma turned three.

Turning thirty, turning three
UNICEF/Egypt 2018/Maged Hamdy
“I was never a fan of kids, but everything changed at the delivery room. I had an instant connection with her the moment she was born. I felt that my life became centered around this little miracle, and I felt a lot of peace”.
Father and daughter share the same birthday and much more in common
UNICEF/Egypt 2018/Maged Hamdy
“Before becoming a father, I thought there was no chance to connect to a child at the early years. The perception I got from the society and media was that children are their mothers’ total responsibility until the age of seven or so, then a father may jump in”.

                                        

Father and daughter share the same birthday and much more in common
UNICEF/Egypt 2018/Maged Hamdy
“Since she was only few weeks old, I discovered Karma had her own character, moods, facial expressions and sounds. A full human being, but a bit tiny!”
Father and daughter share the same birthday and much more in common
UNICEF/Egypt 2018/Maged Hamdy
“Children are like sponges, they absorb everything we do whether good or bad. Becoming a father, I learned to control my temper because I didn’t want to spread negative vibes in the house and make Karma believe that shouting or violence are acceptable”.

                                        

Father and daughter share the same birthday and much more in common
UNICEF/Egypt 2018/Maged Hamdy
“Young as she is, I always ask for her opinion, teach her how to have a say, be involved, independent and empowered. Working on developing your fatherhood skills is key. I have a lot to teach Karma, and I believe she has a lot to teach me too”.
Father and daughter share the same birthday and much more in common
UNICEF/Egypt 2018/Maged Hamdy
“If a father only considers himself a wallet to the family, he’s replaceable. Being a role model and leading by example ensure to raise a child who is both balanced and empowered”.