Monday, June 26, 2017
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Craig Setzer

Craig Setzer

Chief Meteorologist, CBS4, Miami | WESTON

Dad to Tyler, 12

“I’m the oldest of three and we grew up in Con­necticut, spending summer vacations in Maine or Florida. My science desires took me into meteorology and the University of Oklahoma, where I studied and chased storms. Then, after a decade on TV in Colorado, my job brought me first to Tampa and then to Miami, where I traded tornadoes for hurricanes. My son was born the year of Charlie, Francis, Ivan and Jeanne, but it’s too early to tell if he will follow in my atmospheric shoes.”

 

 

The main difference between life before children and life after children is….

I used to be an action-and-adventure kind of guy. Between boating, scuba diving, skiing, traveling at a moment’s notice…all of that spontaneity took a break from my life once my son was born. As a single dad, it’s harder to do all of those spur-of-the-moment things, but I see a time in the not-too-distant future when my son will be old enough to be my adventure partner in crime.

The greatest rewards of fatherhood are:

For me, the greatest reward of fatherhood is watching my son go through all the stages of growing up. From when he would smile hearing my voice as a baby to now asking me to join him on his favorite computer game or in the pool, I love spending time with my son.

The greatest challenges of fatherhood are:

Keeping my job out of my time with my son. Weather is 24/7 and never takes a break, so when it’s bad, I have to work. Spending time with my son is especially hard during hurricane season, when I spend many long days at CBS4. I think he has grown to fear hurricanes not because they may hit, but because they take my time from him.

The one piece of advice he hopes his son takes most to heart as he goes through life:

Everything you do has consequences—every­thing. And with everything you do there are good consequences and bad ones, so make thoughtful and wise choices, especially the ones with the big­gest consequences. Also, think for yourself. Don’t let anyone just tell you something; find out if what they have said is true.