Detroit has become the 18th and latest metropolitan area to join the City Dads Group network of social and support groups for fathers of all walks of life.
At the helm of our Motor City outpost are area residents Brian Manninen and Nick Edwards.
Matt Schneider, co-founder of City Dads Group, said, “Many dads have inquired about a group in the Detroit/Ann Arbor area, so I’m glad we have some guys who have stepped up. Nick and Brian are going to make a great team as they create a diverse community of dads, online and off.”
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Manninen, 35, a father of two boys ages 3 and 6, comes from a family of educators. “I’m a teacher and the extended time off was a factor when choosing my career so I could be an active dad … when my ‘hoped for children’ would be off for their school vacations,” he said.
“I’ve spent enough summers isolated from other adults so a few months ago I took serious action to see what I could plan ahead for. All of that research lead me to City Dads,” Manninen said, adding he looked forward to connecting with other dads who have similar extended time with their children during the summer weekdays.
Edwards, 31, is father to two daughters ages 2 and 8 months. He a full-time controls engineer who uses his blog The Dadcade to review editorials and new offerings from the gaming and tech industry from a father’s perspective.
“We have (focused on gaming issues) like screen time, what video games can teach you, and violence and misogyny,” Edwards said.
City Dads Group is a dynamic and diverse community of fathers redefining, by example, what it means to be a dad in the 21st century. The year-old organization has group based in and around 18 major metropolitan U.S. cities including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Dallas and San Francisco.
Founded in November 2008 in New York City as a way a handful of fathers could arrange playdates and outings with their children, the organization went national in 2014. City Dads Group nearly 4,000 members who bond over their children and a desire to change the face of modern fatherhood through word, deed, and example.