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112’s Q Parker gives tips on being a dad, hosts open forum on fatherhood

Q Parker and his children (Photo provided by the Whitley Agency)

112 frontman Q Parker is known for his smooth vocals and leading male good looks, but those who know the singer personally will tell you that Q’s role as husband to his wife Sharlinda and father is what he cherishes most.

We had the chance to chat with Parker and ask him a few questions about fatherhood and what he feels is important.

As a father, can you describe your playbook?

My playbook is simple: Show up daily, and do the work. Commit to the process. Be dedicated to the journey, and focus on the end goal. See it, believe it, then go get it!

What advice would you give in being responsible for your own dreams?

Only you know what you are interested in. It’s up to you to do the necessary research to become knowledgeable in what it takes to reach your dream. All is left is to commit daily, meaning do something every day that is going to get you closer to that dream.

How important is keeping your word?

Keeping your word is so important in life, but especially as a father. First, we have to fully understand the responsibility of fatherhood. It’s our job to nurture our family. One of those ways is to always do what we say we are going to do. Your word is your bond, and if we don’t keep our word our children are learning from us. We cannot afford for our children to go and be untrustworthy.

Being a successful artist for over 20 years, Q feels his platform gives him a responsibility to mentor and support other men, especially fathers. His nonprofit organization, the Q Parker Legacy Foundation, hosts a Brothers United Atlanta Youth Summer Camp every year. The organization also hosts meet-ups for husbands and fathers who want to connect for support and fellowship.  Brothers United will host a brotherhood discussion about fatherhood on Tuesday, June 19, at Morehouse College. The summer youth camp begins on Monday, June 18. For more information on the fatherhood discussion and/or youth camp, please visit: