Dads in the Limelight – Joseph White

Our seventeenth Dad in the Limelight is Joseph White of isportsweb.com. I want to thank Joseph for being a part of this series. It has been great getting to know 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 am a 33 year old married man and father of 3. I grew up in Clarkston, Michigan, attending school with the author of this blog. I started college at the U. of Michigan – Flint campus, then transferred to Anderson University in Anderson, IN and graduated with a degree in Political Science. I met my amazing wife Stephanie at Anderson and we got married in July of 2000. A few weeks later we were at Ohio Northern University as I was starting law school. We spent 3 long years of face in the books living in Ohio and Stephanie taught during that time to help support the cause. Along the way we forged an even stronger connection and welcomed our first addition to the family in 2001, an Australian Shepherd named Anderson. After law school, we moved to the Lansing, MI area so Stephanie could get her Child Development Masters Degree at MSU. During that year, I passed the bar and became an attorney and also began a career as a mortgage loan officer, something I still do to this day. We have remained in the Lansing area for 7 years, a place we thought we’d only be for 1!


2) Tell me about your family

In 2005, Stephanie and I welcomed Zachary Drew to the world. He is now 4 years old and is my main man. Zachary and I have an extremely close relationship. Amanda Mae was born in 2007 and our final installment,
Colleen Ainsley arrived last July. Stephanie and I have a great time with our kids and absolutely love watching them take in the world and apply it to their lives.

3) What has been the largest challenge you have had in being a father?

Initially, it was my long hours at work. I was often at the office until about 8 o’clock every night, leaving only story time to hang out with Zach. Now that I have my own office and am 1.5 miles from the house, I get to spend a lot more quality time with the kids, something I wouldn’t trade for anything. The biggest emotional challenge we have had as parents was with Zachary. He was born with craniosynostosis, meaning 1 of the suttures in his head was fused shut at birth. At 10 months, he underwent a cranial vault surgery in Dallas, TX. The surgery went well but to see my little man go through that was really hard.

4) What advice would you give to other fathers?

We all have things that we’d rather be doing on occasion (for me, golfing or watching the Detroit Tigers), but there is nothing our kids would rather be doing than playing, and most times, playing with us. Don’t deny yourself or your kids that time, it seems we’ll never get it back.

5) Seeing that you (or your position) is in the limelight, how have you come to balance parenthood and outside life?

Time management is the key. When you’re at work, work. When you’re at home, be at home. I have a lot of passions, one of them being writing about the Detroit Tigers on a website my brother and I launched in
early 2009, isportsweb.com. This can eat up a lot of my time but I try to do most of it while they are sleeping.
My wife and I also have a great understanding of our respective need for “friend” time as well. We always let each other go out with our friends unless there is a major obstacle in the way that night.

6) What have you learned from the fathers that you have interacted with?

I sit back and observe a lot so I see a lot of different methods and ideas that other fathers have implemented. Some of them work great for them, but not for me. Learn who you are as a parent and what your kids
need and figure it out from there. Parenting cannot be dictated in a book or in a speech. They can offer great suggestions, but it’s up to us to parent our kids properly.

7) What else would you share regarding your experiences as a father thus far?

Kids take up so much of our time that it is very easy to lose sight of how it all got started, which was a relationship with my wife. Make sure your wife knows how important she is and how much she is loved
and means to the family. A happy wife makes for happy kids and a happy dad.

8) What have been the most memorable experiences that you have had thus far as a parent?

Our kids are still so small that we are just constantly amazed at the explosion of knowledge and skills that they acquire. It is amazing to watch these little creations turn into big kids with their own thoughts and ideas. I always wanted several kids and am constantly grateful that God has blessed me with the 3 that I have. They are truly the greatest gift I could ever receive.

If you have any questions for Joseph, please leave a comment here and I will make sure that he gets them so that he may be able to respond!

Also, do you know a Dad in the Limelight? If so, please email me their contact information so that they too can be a part of this series!

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