Carter Gaddis, a lifetime member of the Baseball Writers Association of America, with Hall of Fame voting privileges, has found another creative outlet. He started DadScribe.com in 2012 as a creative outlet and a platform to tell stories about his 24 years as a sportswriter. It has morphed into an online journal where he covers interesting issues and tells fun stories about his family: wife of 10 years Beth and sons Jay and Chris.
What’s the most rewarding part of being a dad?
So far, it has been watching our sons grow into loving, curious, energetic little boys. The baby and toddler years were great, but nothing compares to seeing Jay and Chris play and learn about the world and hear them ask questions like, “Dad, what’s your favorite place in the world? “Dad, are angels real?”
What is your favorite thing to do with your kids?
We love to go to Lowry Park Zoo and to theme parks, especially Disney World and Busch Gardens. But I love the quiet moments at home more than anything. I wake them up in the morning before school, and I spend that time talking to them.
What is the most challenging part of fatherhood?
I try to be as engaged as possible, but it never seems like there is enough time. A few weeks ago, Jay asked me to go on a field trip with his school, but I couldn’t get the day off. I wrote a blog entry about all the little things you miss when you’re a parent who works outside the home.
What role model in your life influenced the kind of father you are?
My parents influenced me and my parenting style. My father’s stoicism and quiet grace, my mother’s curiosity and passion for life − put them together and you pretty much have the ideal set of parents.
As a father, how do you view your responsibilities?
Beth and I work together to help our sons learn about right and wrong. It means listening to my sons when they talk and being engaged and interested in the things that they care about. It also means introducing them to new experiences that help them grow intellectually and expand their vision of the world.
What advice would you give other fathers?
I would recommend that parents do everything they can to instill a love of reading in their children. I also would tell parents to forgive themselves for their mistakes – every parent makes them.
It is often difficult to balance a career with spending time with your family. How do you deal with this and make time for them?
We make the absolute most of the time we have together. There is no such thing as work-life balance. The best we can do is make plans to use the time we do have as wisely as possible.
What is something people don’t know about you?
During my career as a sportswriter, I traveled all over the world. Every time I went to a new city, I visited a museum. My top five: the British Museum (London); the Sixth Floor Museum (Dallas); the Smithsonian (Washington); the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York); the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston).
What makes you happy?
Now that I’m a dad, nothing makes me happier than being with my family, even if it’s just hanging out watching movies on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
Where is your favorite place to go in Tampa?
We love Brooker Creek Preserve near Tarpon Springs. Walking through those woods reminds me of growing up on our family’s farm in North Carolina. Our sons love to look for animal tracks and race along the dirt paths. They also love the visitor center.