Jon Dahl grew up in Fargo, the youngest of four kids. After high school, he headed east to St. John's University in Minnesota to complete his undergraduate before enrolling at Creighton University in Nebraska for dental school. Now a doctor of dental surgery (D.D.S.) with Dahl and Mack Dental, Jon has been married to Lou forget this -- 108 months, as he chooses to express it! And he celebrates the 15 of each month by signing and wearing his wedding tie. Jon and Lou have four boys keeping them busy, Charlie, Henry, Sam, and Fred. An avid sports fan, Jon has a special appreciation for basketball and running.

Photo courtesy of Ten Little Chickens Photography / Special to On The Minds of Moms
Photo courtesy of Ten Little Chickens Photography / Special to On The Minds of Moms

1. The words that best describe what being a dad means to me…

role model.

2. Growing up I always knew…

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I had the best big sister, who would do anything for her family.

3. People are always surprised to find out I…

remember their birthdays/anniversaries.

4. Growing up the smartest person I knew was…

hands down, my Mom.

5. My kiddos have definitely taught me…

patience.

6. One of my wife’s best qualities is…

let’s go with two: beautiful smile and absolute advocate for the family.

7. My parents were great examples of…

putting faith and family ahead of careers. My Dad had a saying hanging in his office, ‘No amount of success at work can compensate for failure at home.’

8. In twenty years I will probably be…

missing the days of constant chaos in the house.

9. I’m a big fan of…

Minnesota Timberwolves.

10. Of all my kids, the one most like me is…

Charlie! We keep a running total of ways we are alike -- we are currently at 98.

11. I really admire people who…

always put others first. like my grandma Vivian, the most giving person I will ever meet.

Photo courtesy of Ten Little Chickens / Special to On The Minds of Moms
Photo courtesy of Ten Little Chickens / Special to On The Minds of Moms

12. I hope my kids know I…

will always be their biggest fan.

13. A family meal I have mastered…

French toast.

14. I wish I had more time for…

one-on-one time with each child.

15. The part of parenthood I fear the most…

when my kids don't think I am cool anymore!

Editor’s note: This story was written and riginally published in the October/November 2018 magazine. Forum Communications Company is re-publishing these stories as On the Minds of Moms staff members develop a new online community.