Kevin Dubenion

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

AGE: 51

KIDS: Kiley (24) Kearston (17) Khloe (11)


JOB: Professional volunteer

What is the most played song on your iPod right now?

"Down by the River" by Neil Young

If you had to be on a reality-TV show, which one would it be?

"Housewives of Orange County" - I have a lot to tell those ladies!

Which super-hero power would you like to have?

The power to read minds.

Who is your favorite TV or movie mom?

Samantha Stevens on "Bewitched." Think of all the generational good she could do with her powers!

Favorite restaurant to take the kids: Olive Garden.

Favorite movie that you went to see with the kids:

"Despicable Me" - I cried like a baby.

What have you learned as a parent that you wish someone had told you before had that first kid?

Relax. Bones mend. Cuts and scrapes heal in time. Let kids be kids.

What's something your mom or dad did that you thought was nuts when you were a kid and now you understand?

They allowed me to make some MAJOR mistakes as a young man. They admitted knowing I would most likely fail but they told me that some mistakes MUST be experienced in order to grow.

What's the funniest thing your child ever said?

Dad, can I get an advance on my inheritance?

What's the biggest difference between your children?

Sense of humor! Vastly different.

My life motto is:

It's funny you would ask that question! My daughter Kearston and I were talking about our friends and how many of them make foolish statements like "I'll be happy when...," or "I'll be happy if...." It's ridiculous. Placing conditions on happiness only leads to a lifetime of searching for happiness. What a waste of time. Martin Luther King, Jr., said, "In the end we will not remember the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." Having said all that my motto is "Play hard. Love harder. Take it all easy."

Best advice you ever received as a parent:

Enjoy it all.