Father’s Day 2020 at Daxx

On June 21st, we celebrate Father’s Day. It’s a day of honoring fatherhood, and we’re happy to congratulate all dads out there! 


On Father’s Day, we want to share with you an interview with our dear colleagues and proud fathers from all Daxx locations — Volodymyr Sakharov, Dmytro Kachanov, Dmytro Shakhrai, and Serhii Shepel. They told us about their parenting experience and family values. Curious? Keep reading!

Volodymyr Sakharov
JavaScript Developer at Daxx Kyiv

Father's Day - Volodymyr with his kids

1. How many kids do you have?  

I have four kids. Nikita (12 years old), Arina (11 years old), Ilian (7 years old), and Damir (3 years old).  

2. What are the key principles you stick to in raising children?

I allow my kids to express their opinion and try to show them that their opinion matters. If I see they are curious about any areas of their own development, I support them and give the resources they need. I teach them responsibility. It’s especially important now when they study at home. It used to be a teacher’s task before. Yes, it’s assumed that children should study by themselves, but it’s not fostered. Now when they study on their own, the full responsibility is on their shoulders. And the results speak for themselves. If they’re not good — they didn’t study hard enough. There’s no one else to blame. Figure out the reason and fix it. I also encourage them to respect each other and cooperate. They’re one team. They should support and help each other. 

3. How do you like to spend time together with your kids?

We like to go out, walk in the streets, take a ride to interesting places in our district and beyond. When we’re home, we watch movies, talk, battle in shooters with boys, or play computer games. Boys also help me out with doing crafts around the house.  

4. How did your daily routine change during quarantine? How did this affect parenting?

In the best possible way. I’ve been working for a long time in the office since the beginning of my IT career. Then once I started to work remotely — and it was great! I realized that this is exactly how it should be. I’m so happy to see how my kids wake up, lie next to them in the morning, walk them to school or kindergarten. Before that, it was a mess. We were getting ready for work, having no time for kids. We woke them up, got dressed, ready to go. Always in a hurry. 

Since the quarantine, children began to study at home. I’ve been thinking about this for a long time and then the world gave us a punch to take this step as soon as possible. We were forced to do that at first, but now we’ve been seriously thinking about homeschooling to teach our kids our values.

5. What character trait(s) of yours would you like to pass along to your kids?

Persistence, determination, and grit.

Father's Day - Volodymyr with his family

Dmytro Kachanov
Ruby Developer at Daxx Kharkiv

Father's Day - Dmytro with his kids

1. How many kids do you have?  

I’ve got three boys. Yaroslav (11 years old) and twins Maksym and Kostya (6 years old).

2. What are the key principles you stick to in raising children?

One of the key principles is honesty. We teach our kids not to be afraid to say that they did something wrong. The main thing is not to lie or hide anything from us. We also try to listen to their wishes and not to impose our own on them. And, of course, discipline! Boys are chaos. That’s why we have a set of clear rules that makes life way easier for everyone. Even though most of these rules are being ignored. 🙂

3. How do you like to spend time together with your kids?

Boys have lots of energy, so we usually walk in the parks. They can skateboard or ride a scooter there and run around the playground. Luckily, we don’t have to worry about all the possible destruction they can cause. 🙂  

4. How did your daily routine change during quarantine? How did this affect parenting? 

My sons are already at that age when they figure out that having a dad at home doesn’t mean he is fully accessible. At the same time, they enjoy playing with each other. All in all, my daily routine hasn’t changed much. But now I can give more attention to children during work breaks —  which is good. And here’s the biggest plus! During the quarantine, children learned a new word — “CALL!” It works so well as a stop word. Once they’ve heard it — boom! There’s no one around me! And you know what? I will continue to use it.

5. What character trait(s) of yours would you like to pass along to your kids?

Hunger for something new. I’d like not only to pass it along to my children but also to continue to develop it in myself. With this trait, life will never be boring and aimless! 

Father's Day - Dmytro with his family

Dmytro Shakhrai
System Administrator at Daxx Dnipro

Father's Day - Dmytro Shakhrai with his kids

1. How many kids do you have?

I have two sons. Andrii (10 years old) and Artem (1,4 years old). 

2. What are the key principles you stick to in raising children?
I want to be a friend and support for my kids. I’ll be glad if they always wanted to be nearby, share not only their victories and joys but problems as well. Everyone has problems despite age. But I want them to know their parents are always here, ready to listen to them and give the right advice.  

3. How do you like to spend time together with your kids? 

We love going out together. Visiting new places, sharing stories and memories from our childhood — it’s all very exciting for kids. In good weather, we usually go to the park, lake or river, or just walk around the private sector. We like to ride bicycles with our older son and discover new routes. We also enjoy spending time at our summer house. Everyone can find something interesting here! 

4. How did your daily routine change during quarantine? How did this affect parenting?  

Now I have much more time to spend with my family than before the quarantine. I don’t say it’s bad or something, but I also had to get used to it. After office life, being home with kids all day long is quite a big challenge. Now I better understand how exhausting it is for my wife and will appreciate her care even more. I’m more than happy to fully participate in raising our children and see how they grow every day. 

5. What character trait(s) of yours would you like to pass along to your kids? 

My sense of responsibility and a little bit of perfectionism at least. It’s very tiring to collect things and toys that are out of place for the whole day. But this is all temporary. I know it. And there’s no such difficulty that we couldn’t solve together!

Father's Day - Dmytro Shakhrai with his family

Serhii Shepel
Big Data Developer at Daxx Lviv

Father's Day - Serhii with his kids

1. How many kids do you have? 

I have two daughters. Natalya (5 years old) and Yaryna (1 year old).

2. What are the key principles you stick to in raising children?  

I try to bring up Natalya by engaging her to work. I let her do tasks that she can do. If she copes with them successfully — I praise her. If not — we try again but with my support. The key thing here is not to interfere and avoid controlling the kid. It fosters their independence and integrity to my mind. We value honesty in our family and try not to scold children for making mistakes. Yet, we can scold them for hiding such mistakes.

3. How do you like to spend time together?

I try to spend time with my kids as much as possible. Every day, we go for a walk outside so they can release their energy. We also learn to read and count together with my older daughter. 

4. How did your daily routine change during quarantine? How did this affect parenting?  

During the quarantine, my kids realized that I don’t have to go anywhere and stay home for the whole day. But I still need some privacy to work more productively. When children enter my room at work hours, they try to figure out if I’m on call and which language I speak. If it’s English — they shouldn’t go in. If it’s Ukrainian — it means I’m talking to colleagues and they can distract me a bit. My kids are with my wife most of the time, which makes my working routine way easier.

5. What character trait(s) of yours would you like to pass along to your kids? 

I want them to be as kind and honest as my wife and I are, to become people who can take care of themselves and who strive for ongoing improvement. 

Father's Day - Serhii with his family

Guys, thank you so much for sharing with us your thoughts on parenting. It was valuable and exciting to learn about. We wish you to be the best role models for your kids! Happy Father’s Day!


Read about Mother’s Day 2020 at Daxx here.


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