5 Minute Interview: Bruce Sallan
Alvin: Who are you, what do you do, and what do you enjoy most about it?
Bruce: I’m Bruce Sallan and I’m a former (25-years) showbiz guy, who became a SAHD for a decade, and then re-invented myself as a layman dad writer/blogger and, more recently, radio show host. My “A Dad’s Point-of-View” column is carried in over 8 countries in 75+ newspapers and web-sties. “The Bruce Sallan Show – A Dad’s Point-of-View” is broadcast by KZSB AM1290 in Santa Barbara, but is available to listen to anytime, anywhere on their web-site and mine. I love writing; I love helping other parents; I love the worldwide community of people that are a part of my “A Dad’s Point–of-View” Facebook page, I love Twitter and I’m grateful I’m able to afford to do all I’m doing, as I don’t compromise my vision and views for $$$.
Alvin: What’s the hardest thing for you about being a father? How do you address it?
Bruce: For me, the hardest aspect of being a dad has been being patient. With my boys, with myself, with my second wife, my boys’ step-mom. For that matter, with my work, too. I want it ALL right now!
Alvin: What has been your largest step to manhood?
Bruce: Manhood? What’s that? Actually, joking aside, I work EVERY DAY to be the best man I can be. To live up to the ideal I saw in my late father. I’ve been in a men’s group for over 8 years and each week we work towards that goal of being the best man, dad, husband, son, we can be. It’s not easy, but it’s essential to have men in your lives which is something I’ve learned along the journey.
Alvin: What activities do you enjoy most with your children?
Bruce: Naturally, they’ve changed with their interests and getting older. When they were younger, all vacations were great, especially going to Hawaii. I loved introducing them to rock ‘n’ roll and taking them to some terrific concerts. My oldest is now doing the same for me, taking me (well, I still pay) to see his favorite artists as he’s grown into a very accomplished musician. My younger son finally grew to love my passion, skiing, and we have great trips going skiing together. But, I really love our Friday night dinners the most. We share our bests and worsts of the week and it’s a regular tradition and a consistent and invaluable family activity for us.
Alvin: What do you like most about being a father?
Bruce: I feel like watching my boys grow, mature, learn from their mistakes, develop their interests, become men, is like watching a non-stop movie or reading a novel that never ends. It’s a “show” that is more fascinating than any other!
Alvin: What the best advice you’ve received about being a man?
Bruce: Stick to your N.U.T.S. (non-negotiable unalterable terms) — given to me by my men’s group leader, Wayne Levine.0