What Dads can teach their children about work

Mark Steines, TV Host & Journalist, shares advice for parents on how dads can teach their children to enjoy work, and work hard to build a career doing something you love
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What Dads can teach their children about work

As a working father, there are things that are so important to me--not only in what I do as a career, but what I want my children to see me doing. I don't want my kids to watch me go out the door to a job every day; I want them to see me passionate about a career. There's a difference. I want to explain that to them. I want them to know that they too should have a life full of passion about what they're going to do. It starts with an education at school--they build upon that, but then they get to live a dream; they get to live a career. I want to guide them through that. It's so important to me that they don't just go to a job. I watched my dad go to John Deere for 30 years. He'd take his lunch box and he would go do his thing and he couldn't wait to get home to cut his grass because that's what he really loved to do. I get to go out the door and love to go do what I want to do, and they see me happy doing it. It's important for your kids to see that you're really passionate about what you do, and it's important that they feel the same thing. What I hope that I'm instilling in them is that I take pride in what I do, that that provides for them, and that when they go out, they have a great role model. They can look back and go, "I'm not going to settle for a job. I'm not going to say, 'Do you want fries with that?'" That's not what they're after. I want them to look for something that fulfills them from the inside out. One of the best ways you can teach that is to live that.

Mark Steines, TV Host & Journalist, shares advice for parents on how dads can teach their children to enjoy work, and work hard to build a career doing something you love


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Mark Steines

TV Host & Journalist

Emmy award-winning journalist Mark Steines hosts Hallmark Channel’s Emmy-nominated "Home & Family."  After more than 17 years on "Entertainment Tonight," Steines and his co-host Cristina Ferrare entertain and inform their audience daily with an array entertaining and relevant lifestyle topics, do-it-yourself projects, cooking, celebrities and experts.

From small town Iowa to the red carpets of Hollywood, three-time Emmy winner Steines has established himself as one of the most trusted and charismatic figures in entertainment news.  During his tenure at "Entertainment Tonight" he interviewed 100s of A-list actors, producers, musicians and athletes. 

Recently, Steines has received rave reviews as a photographer.  His appreciation for all things beautiful is captured in his portraits and majestic landscapes.  His artwork can be seen on the walls inside many exclusive Hollywood homes and offices.  His photo book "See The Light: A Passage To Sierra Leone," documents the Light House Medical Mission’s trip to raise awareness for fresh water in impoverished countries.

Other hosting credits include the "2008 Miss America Live!;" VH-1’s   "Greatest TV Rock ‘n’ Roll Moments;" VH-1’s "The 25 Sexiest;" the "Golden Karma Awards," recognizing international philanthropic efforts; Mark Burnett’s AOL interactive online game "Gold Rush" and the legendary Hollywood Christmas Parade. He was also a celebrity guest judge on "HGTV Design Star."  

He received an Emmy award for the KCAL-TV special "Beyond Endurance: Madagascar;" an Emmy and Golden Mic award for "Beyond Endurance: Borneo;" an Emmy as host of the 2005 Hollywood Christmas Parade, and a National Iris Award for the special "The Big Business of Sports Endorsements" and national recognition by the Women’s Sports Foundation for his fair and impartial reporting on the Women’s National Football League.

As an actor, Steines has guest starred on television shows including "CSI: NY," "The Practice," "Medium," "Half & Half," "America’s Next Top Model," "Handy Manny" and Sony Pictures' feature film "Nixon."

Steines studied comedy at The Groundlings, the renowned school of improv, and earned a degree from JoAnne Baron/DW Brown Acting Studio’s Meisner Technique training.  His vocal skills training were fine-tuned at the Kalmenson & Kalmenson Voice Over School for Actors.

A born fitness enthusiast, Steines was featured in People Magazine's coveted "Sexiest Man Alive" issue and Men’s Fitness Magazine's "25 Fittest Men in America."  Currently, he is working with fitness expert Tony Horton and Beachbody showing people how to stay in shape with the "10-Minute Trainer" program. 

Born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa, he attended the University of Northern Iowa on a full football scholarship and graduated with a degree in Radio and Television. Steines began his broadcast career as a regional television sports reporter, which later brought him to Los Angeles and national television.  Not one to forget his roots, Steines established a mentorship program with his alma mater, equipping students with the tools necessary to successfully transition from the classroom to a career.

An avid hands-on do-it-yourself guy, Steines enjoys spending his free time fixing, remodeling and restoring all things in disrepair.  He resides in Los Angeles and Ojai, California with his two sons.

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