Terrell V. Harris is a Philadelphia, PA native currently residing in the Washington, DC area. Terrell holds a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel, Restaurant Management from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and works for the Georgetown University Hospital. He now has a strong focus on officially launching his own business, The Rell Harris Bootcamp, bringing health & wellness to the entire family!! In addition to his work in the fitness field Terrell is very active in the community, coaching & mentoring at a Maryland High School. Terrell celebrates his 30th birthday 2/26 and aside from any gift he could ever receive, is the little princess who holds the key to his heart his one & only daughter.
What has been the best part of fatherhood for you?
The best part of fatherhood to me has been the quality time, learning and watching my daughter grow up right before my eyes. Seeing her do everything I do is priceless!!
What is the most important lesson that you have learned since becoming a father?
The most important thing I learned is its not just about me anymore. I have a life depending on me and I can’t let her down.
What is the secret to being a good father to your children?
There is no secret. You either want to do it, or you don’t.
What does Fatherhood mean to you?
It means being there for your child(ren) at all times no matter what. You can have all the money in the world, and buy your kid everything, but nothing is more important to them than the time you spend with them!!!
What do you feel is the best piece of advice that you have ever given your children?
Right now my daughter is too young for advice but when it comes time I’m sure I’ll give her great advice.
How does your parenting style differ from the style of your parents?
It doesn’t differ. I adopted my father’s style of parenting just with my twist. He never physically disciplined me, the same goes for my daughter! I spoil her, and til this day my father still spoils me.
If you could go back in time and tell yourself one thing before you became a father what would you say?
I would’ve saved more money. I now have a little girl that has me wrapped around her fingers.
What piece of advice do you have for fathers who are not currently present in the lives of their children?
The child needs you in their life! It’s never too late to make an impact. I didn’t really meet my dad until
I was 9/10 years old but you would never know that by how close we are. So take the time to get in your kid’s life it will definitely make a difference.
What is the one moment since you became a father has changed your life forever?
The moment she came out and we made eye contact!!
What do you feel your legacy as a father will be?
That I was a great father who was always there for his kids!!
What famous African American history maker would you compare yourself to, and why?
I don’t compare myself to anybody. I’m just trying to be the BEST version of Terrell V. Harris I can be!! Especially for my daughter.