June 18, 2011 by staff
Father’s Day, Dwyane Wade is getting used to being a parent. And a son. This is a weekend of Father’s Day like no other for the Miami Heat star. Instead of bemoaning the NBA Finals loss to the Dallas Mavericks – Yes, it still hurts to the point that television is still avoiding repetitions in the case of pop-up – was going on Saturday, flanked by his two children and grandfather once packed away to a South Florida water park, enduring long lines, and what they wanted for their children.
Three generations of family together. It was not long ago when he feared that Wade would not have any of them as pillars of his life. Not anymore. “It makes me feel whole,” said Wade. This is normal, the new star of Heat: 6:45 am alarm clock at home because their children to increase early times, published everywhere to coordinate worldwide, reviewing records as The Nanny Diaries traveling, karate lessons and Spanish lessons and car-sharing and video games and birthday parties.
He may have spent his days in clubs surrounded by champagne bottles, but in his kitchen counter these days, there is a bottle of bubbles.
It has never been happier.
The financial aspects of divorce Funches Siohvaughn Wade cannot be complete until fall, but the marriage was officially dissolved, and now controls the custody of their children – 9-year-old Zaire and Zion 4 years old. On Father’s Day, which is enough to satisfy at least the small matter of reaching the NBA Finals and see someone lift the trophy.
“Every day, I am constantly learning how different they are, it’s crazy,” Wade said during an interview with The Associated Press at his house locked. “Zaire, his personality is starting to come out. He is always in motion.’s in the girls now. He is always busy.’s in everything. Zion is all about him. Zaire to share. Zion, who knows everything about him. I learn more every day. ”
As he puts it, Wade is sitting in a room with a sofa in a U shape that probably 20 people could sit comfortably, with a dark wood floor and the view of his backyard pool. Among the many pieces of art on the walls is a signed photo of himself and his fellow heating LeBron James and Chris Bosh, who is far from a picture of Wade in the uniform of Marquette.
But on television, in a constant cycle? Alvin and the Chipmunks.
“This is Zion,” Wade said, shaking his head and laughing when it’s mute button on the remote control.
Children seem to be completely comfortable in their surroundings. Zaire opened the door to a visitor on Friday, the outstretched hand with a big “How are you?” Zion nodded and waved, then returned to play immediately, undeterred by adults than half a dozen or so hanging around in the kitchen of the family. Adjusting to live with his father has remained relatively smoothly.
Dwyane Wade was quick to point out that as a parent who is still learning a lot and need lots of help – a nanny, his mother Jolinda, his sister Tragil and others – to ensure no errors. But their efforts are noticed. Wade was recently honored by the National Fatherhood Initiative, for his “dedication to her two children,” given the demands of being a professional athlete and a single parent.
“It gives parents everywhere a great example,” said NFI President Roland C. Warren.
In the minds of Wade, one of the most interesting aspects of getting custody of their children is that some of their stories are very similar to yours.
There are wild differences, of course: instead of growing up in apartments in ruins and always being broke in Chicago, Wade’s children are being installed in fancy new digs in South Florida with a father makes, according to some estimates around and 40 million dollars annually.
Take everything out, and the fundamental roots are evident.
- Dwyane Wade was 9 when him from being with his father after the divorce. Zaire is 9.
- Dwyane was about 4 months old when her parents separated. Zion was 4 months old when her parents separated.
“It’s crazy when you think about it,” said Wade.
About five years ago, Wade was entering the realm of NBA stardom after Miami won the 2006 title, with it, the MVP last. About the same time, Wade and his father began to mend fences after years of strained relations. His father remains largely outside the public eye, although he has been in Miami for most of the last five years.
Having her father around, Wade said, is helping him become a better father to his own children.
“A lot of things that happened in my life are some of the same steps that happened,” said Wade. “Many of the steps I have taken in my life are like my father and I tried so hard not to be as he grows.”
What Wade has been learned since getting custody: Your kids do not really care if the Heat win or lose.
The day after the season ended with Miami Game 6 loss to Dallas in the finals, Wade was ill and weakened. Everything hurt, and remained hidden from the world and in his room until about 6 pm Monday, a day after the loss to the Mavericks.
Then he heard the children downstairs.
“Continuing, as nothing happened,” said Wade. “So I got up. I went with them. Shoot some baskets. It still hurts. But I had to be there for them.”
His season is built around the schedules of children. While control of custody of the warrant agreement provides that children will spend two weeks with his father, and then two with her mother, and repeating until school resumes in late summer.
So for the time in Zaire and Zion are in Chicago, his father goes to work.
It is Sunday night for Europe, a trip built mainly around their interests in the world of fashion. When the kids come in early July, will organize a basketball camp for kids in Miami for a few days. When kids go back to Chicago that same month, Wade will embark on a journey of nearly two weeks to China for a number of meetings that involved his work with Brand Jordan, Gatorade, Hublot watches and other agreements.
“Lots to do this summer, I was trying to keep building my own brand,” said Wade. “We are using time wisely. I’m doing it for them.”
Wade pauses for a moment, listening to the chatter of the other room, where your children are left with a basketball game – starring, of course, he.
“You have to take a decision,” Wade said. “You’re either going to be in their children’s lives or not. At the end of the day, this is what I wanted. I chose to fight to be in my kids’ lives.”
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