Congratulations to our friends and partners in paternal parenting at the National At-Home Dad Network for throwing a successful annual dads convention, its 19th, in Denver over the weekend. More than 100 dads attended, up from 73 a year ago, and the event and its mission received some good press in the Denver Post and a spot on the local Fox 31 news. The event's opening video, an overview of the changing attitudes toward fathers being more involved in everyday parenting, prominently featured City Dads Group co-founder Lance Somerfeld: The dads convention weekend featured a … [Read more...]
When you’re a stay-at-home dad, you watch more children’s cartoons than you might prefer. It’s natural to start analyzing -- some might say overanalyzing -- them. Therefore, I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure that the cartoon dads in Doc McStuffins and WordGirl both have stay-at-home dads. It is worth mentioning that although there have been times when one or both of my kids have been obsessed with these shows, turning them on has never made me want to scoop my eyes out with a used plastic spoon. And I can hardly remember a time before most of my television watching involved unironically … [Read more...]
I started staying at home in 2008 and was terrified. We had just moved from Chicago, where I had lived for 33 years -- to upstate New York, away from family, friends, babysitters I knew and trusted, and away from a community I loved. I had to reset everything about my life. I had resigned after being a teacher in public schools for 10 years and was giving all of that up to stay at home with our kids, who at the time were three and 21 months old. My first week was rough as my son broke his collarbone in a city where I was unfamiliar with where the hospital was and couldn't get a hold of my … [Read more...]
Stay-at-home dad? Work-at-home dad? Active-at-home dad (made that one up)?
Regardless of your at-home "status," join us at the 19th Annual At-Home Dads Convention in Denver, Colo., to connect with and learn from some of the best dads around the country.
Connect: First and foremost, this is a great weekend to bond with other dads like you whether they are brand-new to parenting or seasoned veterans that have been home with their kids for 10+ years.
“Wanna do it SELF! Wanna do it SELF! Wanna do it SELF!” She thrashes like an angry crocodile caught in a net. “Sienna, calm down!” I say, my frustration near boiling over. “You can’t change your diaper by yourself!” Poop leaks everywhere as she flails. I take a deep breath wishing to skip potty training (which we haven’t even started yet) and go right to whatever craziness comes next. We might be a couple of days away from the Fourth of July, but my daughter's in the throes of a sudden independence streak. She wants to do everything herself: open doors; use silverware (if I can … [Read more...]