Dads in the Limelight
Our 344th Dad in the Limelight is Craig Sender. I want to thank Craig for being a part of the Dads in the Limelight series. It has been great getting connected with him and now sharing him with all of you.
1) Tell me about yourself, (as well as how you are in the limelight for my readers knowledge)
I’m a 37 year-old husband and father of two precocious kids, Hannah (6) and Caleb (3). My other “full-time” jobs are as senior manager of public relations for a global rights broker based just north of Boston, MA and as an adjunct professor at Boston University College of Communication. In between, I try and post as regularly as I can to Tablettoddlers, a blog that acts as a parents’ guide to “Generation I.” Earlier this year I earned my Master’s Degree in Communications Management from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, where I also completed my undergraduate studies with a degree in Public Relations. Born in Brooklyn, NY, I grew up in Central New Jersey and currently live in the “urban suburban” town of Brookline, MA. I’m a media junkie, sports nut and avid fantasy football/baseball/basketball player.
2) Tell me about your family
My wife Sharon and our kids are my life. Period. End of story. They are my support system, my motivation, my inspiration and greatest source of pride and joy, with a little bit of comedy thrown in. They keep me balanced, grounded and incredibly focused. Sharon is a licensed social worker with two Master’s Degrees (Columbia University and Bank St. College). We actually graduated Syracuse the same year, both played a sport (she rowed crew; baseball for me) and also were members of the Greek System (AZD, Delta Tau Delta), yet never “officially” met on campus. She is an amazing wife and mother and a true partner in every sense of the word.
My 6 year-old Hannah is a real girly-girl. She loves her Barbie dolls, Disney princesses and anything pink. She’s also an incredibly intelligent little girl who continues to amaze me every day. 3 year-old Caleb is the sweetest little boy with the happiest disposition you could ever imagine. Nothing ever bothers this kid. His ability to “roll with the punches” blows me away.
3) What has been the largest challenge you have had in being a father?
Right now it’s helping my wife potty train our 3 year-old! Seriously, every day it’s trying to set a positive example in everything I do to be a good role model for my kids.
4) What advice would you give to other fathers?
Be present and everything in moderation.
5) Seeing that you (or your position) are in the limelight, how have you come to balance parenthood and outside life? If you are currently not in the limelight per se, please still answer this in regards to how you balance parenthood and outside life.
It’s certainly not easy as being a parent touches everything I do and helps define who I am at home, at work, with friends, etc. However, there’s nothing wrong with having a night out with your wife or catching a game with the boys. In fact, I find it quite healthy and therapeutic. I highly recommend AND endorse.
6) What have you learned from the fathers that you have interacted with?
That we share many of the same experiences in dealing with common occurrences such as kids getting up in the middle of the night, kids getting sick, etc. etc. It’s nice to know that us dads we’re not in this alone.
7) What else would you share regarding your experiences as a father thus far?
What have been the most memorable experiences that you have had thus far as a parent?
I know it sounds cliche, but it’s been, and continues to be, the most rewarding experience I can ever imagine, from teaching my daughter to ride a bike without training wheels to hearing my son yell, “I DID IT!” after peeing in the potty for the first time And I imagine it only gets better. Can’t wait.
If you have any questions for Craig, please leave a comment here and I will make sure that he gets them so that he may be able to respond!