Nov. 6, 2020

44 Mark X Cronin on his son’s Down Syndrome & Spreading Happiness

44 Mark X Cronin on his son’s Down Syndrome & Spreading Happiness

“Stay humble and accept the humility that comes as a parent.” Mark Cronin, on DADicateddotcom

Mark has 3 sons, one of which has Down Syndrome.

Mark opens up about what it has been like raising a child with Down Syndrome and allows us a beautiful insight into his family; how he’s encouraged his kids to be independent and represent themselves in life. I learned a lot from him and his approach to parenting!

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“Stay humble and accept the humility that comes as a parent. There is so much we want to do for our children and there is so much we try to do, and in the end, they have their lives that they will lead and there is only so much we can do.”  Mark Cronin, on DADicated.com

Mark lives in Long Island and has been married for 38 years. He has 3 boys, Patrick (29), James (26), and John (24), who has down syndrome. Mark and John are the co-founders of John’s Crazy Socks, which was John’s idea. They sell crazy socks and employ dozens of employees with special needs. Their mission? To spread happiness!

The most powerful takeaways for me as a dad were:

  1. I truly found Mark inspiring because he is humble and real.
  2. Be positive, no matter what.
  3. I’ll think twice before I “soften” things for my kids who might struggle with something.
  4. If your children tell you they want something, be sure they understand what it takes to achieve it

“You want to set goals that people have to reach to attain. If they’re too easy, it is uninteresting, and if it is too far out there, you're going to quit, but if they make you stretch, and get outside your comfort zone and reach for something, that is the sweet spot, for all of us and for our kids.” Mark Cronin on DADicated.com

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