For more than 30 years, Working Mother's 100 Best Companies List has set the bar in their evaluation of corporate benefits and policies that help moms succeed at home and work. Understanding that trendsetting organizations recognize the increasing need to help fathers be equal parenting partners, Working Mother now also recognizes companies that help fathers succeed. We are pleased to make “Working Mother’s Best Companies for Dads” list for outstanding leadership in flexibility, childcare, paternal leave, remote working and more.
In this feature, we recognize and celebrate our incredible 2019 Working Dad of the Year, Nelson Caudillo.
On finding out he was going to be a dad …
I found out I was going to be a parent at the young age of 20. I hadn’t graduated from college and was working for a large retail store in New Hampshire, over 1,000 miles away from my entire network of family and friends. I was absolutely convinced I was not ready to be a parent. And that’s when my manager (and informal mentor) shared some powerful advice that I will never forget. He said, “Most parents, even those who are not surprised by having a child, start to worry about being ready the moment they learn it’s actually happening. You’ll soon see that being ‘ready’ to be a parent is simply about loving your child and always working to give them the best in life, no matter what your personal situation.” These words resonated deep within and gave me the courage to move forward at a time when my world had basically been turned upside down. They helped serve as a guiding mantra for my impending fatherhood: always love your child and work to give them the best in life no matter what. I will never forget this advice; it was exactly the push I needed to step off the precipice of uncertainty and dive in head first to my new role as expectant father.