Utah dad Shaun McKnight talks about family's YouTube business success with Cute Girls Hairstyles
"The ability to work from home is something that everybody would love to do, and the jump to do that I thought would be easy, initially," McKnight said. "You know, I thought, 'Oh, I'll get to spend time going on field trips with the kids.' But it has been an adjustment going from wanting to take a break at work to talk shop and basketball around the water cooler, to helping change diapers and running carpools and talking to kids all day."
But for the past seven months McKnight has grown accustomed to the changes in his life while gaining even more respect for his wife Mindy and creating a stronger connection with his kids.
"I can tell you this much: There were times in the past where I thought, 'Oh, my wife has it easy. She's at home, kids are napping and she can get done what she needs to get done, while I'm preparing for this presentation plus a call with the board,'" McKnight said. "But being on this side of it now, I recognize that being a stay-at-home mom is the hardest job on earth."
As for his patience with girls and doing hair, McKnight said it was nothing new.
"I grew up with three sisters and no brothers, I was kind of exposed early on with a house full of girls," McKnight said. "It's not news — the only thing that has remained constant is that I've gotten very little bathroom time my entire life."
In fact, McKnight admitted that sometimes he has even been the one on the lookout for new hairstyles.
"I was taking my daughter to the orthodontist last month and one of the assistants there had a version of a braid that my wife had done," McKnight said. "She had kind of embellished on it to make it her own and I thought it looked pretty good, so I thought that Mindy would appreciate it. So I asked her just out of the blue, 'Hey, can I take a picture of your hair?' She kind of looked at me really funny, so I said, 'My wife is a big hair blogger, and we've got a big Instagram and would like to Instagram this photo if you're OK with it.'"
"We take it a day at a time because we don't know where we are going to be," McKnight said. "Opportunities are coming from pretty much every direction. We're very careful on how we analyze them, and we take those decisions as a family. We feel very fortunate that we're in the position where we are at."
Because of the growth of the YouTube channel, McKnight also expressed that it became possible to add two additional children to his family.
"Adoption isn't cheap," McKnight said. "I did well at my previous job, but not enough to pay for two adoptions and a car and to be able to have all the kids and finish our basement. So I would say the first 2 1/2 years of everything we made, 100 percent of it went to what we call completing our family."
Sarah Sanders Petersen is an intern for Deseret News where she writes for Mormon Times and other feature articles. She is a communications major and editing minor from Brigham Young University.
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