EYES ON PARENTING

Mac Watson of ‘Mac and Gaydos’ shares story of adopting children

Nov 17, 2017, 4:32 AM | Updated: 12:58 pm
(Flickr/Spirit-Fire)...
(Flickr/Spirit-Fire)
(Flickr/Spirit-Fire)
LISTEN: Adoptive Parents First Holliday Season

Ahead of National Adoption Day tomorrow, one of KTAR News 92.3 FM‘s hosts shared his own story about adopting his children and his excitement about welcoming in the holiday season with his kids.

Mac Watson, one of the hosts of Mac and Gaydos, said he and his wife decided to start fostering children earlier this year after hearing other parents’ stories with foster care and adoption.

Watson said they welcomed the first foster children into their home in April and formally adopted them several weeks ago — which he said is rare for the process to happen so quickly.

Watson said he and his wife adopted their children through Child Crisis Arizona, a state-funded agency. In order to become foster parents, he said they had to go through months of formal training, including CPR.

Watson said he is staying practical about the process because of what many kids in the foster care system have had to endure in their lives — but his wife is not buying it.

“She said, ‘Be prepared,'” he said. “She busted me on this, she goes, ‘You may start crying.'”

From a child’s first steps and first words to them just coming home and saying they have had a good day, Watson said parenting can be emotional.

“I’ve got to stop crying at stuff,” he said.

Watson said he is entering the holiday season cautiously with his children in an effort to get them used to a new normal.

“Christmas could be absolutely horrible for these kids, we don’t know that yet,” he said.

But despite the possible challenges, Watson said he and his wife are more than ready to welcome their children into their holiday traditions.

“This is our first Christmas with kids,” he said. “This is our first Christmas with two children we didn’t know a year ago. It doesn’t get more special than that.”

Eyes on Parenting

(Pexels Photo)...
KTAR.com

Teen arrested for allegedly accidently shooting 17-year-old in Phoenix

A 16-year-old boy was arrested Friday afternoon following a fatal shooting in Phoenix, authorities said. 
9 days ago
(Pexels Photo)...
KTAR.com

1-year-old in extremely critical condition after drowning incident in Phoenix

A 1-year-old girl was taken to the hospital in extremely critical condition after drowning in a pool in Phoenix on Saturday, authorities said.
9 months ago
(File Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)...
Griselda Zetino

Arizona students get lower standardized test results during the pandemic

Results from statewide testing done in the spring provide a first look at how the pandemic has impacted students across Arizona.
9 months ago
(Pexels Photo)...
KTAR.com

10-month-old in critical condition after drowning incident in East Valley

A 10-month-old boy in the East Valley was hospitalized Sunday evening following a drowning incident, authorities said.
10 months ago
(Pexels Photo)...
KTAR.com

2-year-old in extremely critical condition after drowning in Phoenix

A 2-year-old girl was taken to the hospital in extremely critical condition after drowning in a pool in Phoenix on Saturday, authorities said.
10 months ago
(Pexels Photo)...
KTAR.com

4-year-old in extremely critical condition after drowning in Phoenix

A 4-year-old boy was taken to a local pediatric hospital in extremely critical condition after a drowning incident on Monday, authorities said.
11 months ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Christina O’Haver

Stroke month: Experts call attention to stroke prevention

Every 40 seconds—that’s how often someone has a stroke in the United States. It’s the fifth leading cause of death among Americans, with someone dying of a stroke every 3.5 minutes.
...
Dr. Richard Carmona

Have you gotten your booster shot?

Do you remember when you got your last COVID-19 vaccination? If it has been more than five months since you completed your primary vaccination series, it’s time for you to get your booster. You may be eligible even sooner depending which vaccine you received. If you are over the age of 50 and received your […]
(Twitter photo / Coco5)...
Coco5

Suns star Devin Booker’s all-natural sports drink Coco5 perfect for any activity

Devin Booker is leading the Suns in pursuit of their first NBA championship while also working to provide people proper hydration with Coco5.
Mac Watson of ‘Mac and Gaydos’ shares story of adopting children