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Columbus Parent Profile: Chris Bradley and Jason Bradley-Krauss

From the October 2011 edition
What is the most played song on your iPod right now? Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors”
 
If you had to be on a reality TV show, which one would it be? Both of us would be on “Design Star” on HGTV. We renovated our home in Old Worthington as well as our house in German Village.
 
Who are your favorite TV or movie parents? Mitchell and Cam on “Modern Family.” When we watch the show, it certainly hits close to home!
 
Which superhero power would you like to have? Chris says lightning speed to be everywhere all the time. Like most of us, it seems impossible to do everything you would like to do in a day. We just have to do our best and with kids you never know what’s going to happen next.
 
Favorite thing to do for cheap family fun in Central Ohio: Hiking at Highbanks Metro Park. We both love to be outdoors and the park is amazing. One day we were wading in the Olentangy River and Spencer said to both of us, “What’s that?” The minute Chris saw that snake he was out of the water in a flash!
 
Favorite restaurants to take the kids: Bob Evans and Noodles & Company for casual dinners. The Little Farmer’s Breakfast and good old-fashioned mac-and-cheese are always a hit. For somewhere special we’ve taken the kids to J. Liu in Worthington. They both think it looks like the inside of the Titanic.
 
Favorite movie that you went to see with the kids: Hands down, the movie “Up.” But don’t let the kids know that both dads cried.
 
Favorite way to spend a Saturday afternoon: The Worthington Pool, Columbus Zoo or our favorite Metro Park. We try to have “family fun” every weekend. It can be as simple as putting up the tent in the back yard and fixing s’mores (which Maria refers to as snores) by the fire.
 
The best advice you’ve ever received as a parent: Our minister at church said with kids you need to embrace the unanticipated, unforeseen and unexpected. Ain’t that the truth?
 
What have you learned as a parent that you wish someone had told you before you had that first kid? Wish we would have not worried so much and read all the “how to raise your children” books. With Spencer we followed every word in every chapter. When we adopted Maria, I think we were so busy we never even picked up the book. To be honest, we were much more relaxed.
 
What’s the biggest difference between your children? Spencer can be described in two words: “fun guy.” He is very happy-go-lucky. Maria, on the other hand, is determined and full of self confidence.
 
Our life’s mottos are: Chris’s is: “Don’t worry, be happy!” Jason’s is: “Be the change you wish to see in the world!”