Editor’s Note: The Dad 2.0 Summit calls itself “a conference where marketers, social media leaders, and blogging parents connect to discuss the changing voice and perception of modern fatherhood.” However, we’ve found it to be perfect for all dads, socially media savvy or not, to bond over their roles as 21st century caregivers. Dad 2.0 cofounder (and former NYC Dads Group member) Doug French explains why you should join and offers our members a special discount. KMcK.
Getting the public to embrace a more positive perception of fatherhood, beyond the obsolete stereotypes to which today’s dads no longer (or never did) relate, starts with frank discussions about how dads are depicted in media and marketing.
The Dad 2.0 Summit is a driving force behind such discussions.
Many fathers attend the Dad 2.0 Summit to forge relationships with commercial brands to try to realize the financial potential of their online content, but these transactions first require conversations about what modern fatherhood and manhood are. Every dad can contribute to that conversation, regardless of whether he is active in social media.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from moms, it’s the power of building a community of shared experience. Whether you write a blog, or you simply meet up with other dads socially, you have an outlet for telling stories, soliciting tips, and deriving strength from people all over the world who can empathize with the joys and challenges of engaged fatherhood.
The 800+ members of the NYC Dads Group understand this as well as anybody.
You’ve attended a group playdate, or bonded at a Dads’ Night Out or merely taken comfort in knowing there are a lot of men nearby who are working the same gig you are. And once you’ve gotten to know some of the guys online or IRL, it’s a great feeling to meet up, connect faces and names, and build lasting friendships.
The perception of modern fatherhood is improving, and networks like the NYC Dads Group are at the forefront of this effort. That’s why we’re excited to offer all members a special group ticket rate of $199 (a 20% discount) for Dad 2.014 in New Orleans.
You’ll need to register for Dad 2.014 using the promo code “nycdads2014.” Since we know it can be tough for parents to plan so far in advance, this code will be in effect all summer long, until Sept. 2, 2013, at midnight EDT.
We want as many of you to plug into the worldwide dad community and be a part of the only conference that brings us all together to celebrate our efforts. Hope to see you there!
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Doug French is a writer and single dad who began his personal blog, Laid-Off Dad, in June 2003. He has been profiled in or written for The New York Times, Slate, The Huffington Post, Babble, and Parents magazine, and his writing has appeared in several parentcentric websites and blogging anthologies. You can follow him on Twitter @LOD.