Hitting the road to Houston now, for the Dad 2.0 Summit!
Very, very excited about this trip. I’ll be there representing the National At-Home Dad Network (check out their brand new website, launched in the wee hours this morning!) and have lots of things in store, that I hope you’re all as excited to read about as I am to be able to share.
If you’d like to keep track of my adventure to the Dad 2.0 Summit, please follow me on Twitter, user @ChrisRoutly, and watch for hashtag #dad2summit.
< Day 1
Today I am thankful for…
6) My mom, who taught me to always be singing.
7) My dad, who taught me to ask a lot of questions.
8) My brother, who knew before I did how much I wanted to be a dad someday.
9) My sister, who is a real life superhero.
10) My grandparents on both sides, who made some pretty sweet parents for me, and then let them get together and make me.
Day 3 >
Have I mentioned that I’ll be at the Dad 2.0 Summit in Houston, Texas in a couple of days? I totally will! I’m going as a representative for the National At-Home Dad Network, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I’m really looking forward to getting to meet and hob-nob with a chorus-line of my favorite dad bloggers from around the interwebs, not to mention people from various brands who want to “discuss the changing voice and perception of modern fatherhood.”
Yesterday my church here in Portland started a new sermon series called “We Give Thanks,” a surprisingly non-November focus on (spoiler alert) Thankfulness.
One of the things we were challenged to do was to write out five things every day that we’re thankful for this week, and I’ve decided to do it on here as part of the accountability to, y’know, actually do it.
These won’t be deep, and I won’t get into detail. But these are the things I am thankful for this week:
1) My wife, who is my best friend.
2) My boys, who are my delight.
3) My home, where I am warm and dry and fed.
4) My health, which is better than I deserve.
5) My city, which is already inspiring me.
Day 2 >
Like most parents, from the moment we found out we were expecting we pondered what sort of future person the amalgamation of our personalities, abilities, and genetics would produce.
Clearly, any child of ours would have to be a delight: Quick-witted but kind, intelligent but not socially inept, creative and confident. Basically he’d have every good quality a person should have, and none of the ones they shouldn’t.
A big part of these discussions, naturally, was to wonder towards what sort of future career a child born of a cartoonist and a biomedical engineer would gravitate?
We thought “architect” sounded like a reasonable outcome. After all, it was what I thought I would have to do if I wanted to draw for a living, without being a poor cartoonist. But as a child I hated thinking about the necessary math involved, so I chose to be a poor cartoonist after all. My wife, on the other hand, does math for pleasure. Surely this would rub off on our children, right?
Besides, even though there’s a good possibility that real architects will be all but extinct before too long, that seemed like a far less scary prospect than that our progeny would gravitate something we couldn’t understand, or know how to fully support or nurture. Like, wanting to play sports professionally (*shudder*).
Our eldest son Tucker is four years old, and for the first time recently has started to talk about “what I want to be when I grow up.” There have been a few stops along the way, but for several months there has been one consistent stand-out that has taken the lead:
“I want to be an Astronaut!” he says.
Sometimes the media just gets it right.
Today’s excellent Wall Street Journal article by Sue Shellenbarger is one such time.
It’s a very welcome, public, and strong piece about the very things us lowly dad-bloggers have been saying for a long, long time now.
Kudos to all the dads interviewed, especially my friend Lance from the NYC Dads Group!
Mr. Mom is dead.
At least, the pop-culture image of the inept dad who wouldn't know a diaper genie from a garbage disposal has begun to fade. In his place, research shows, is emerging a new model of at-home fatherhood that puts a distinctly masculine stamp on child-rearing and home life.
At-home dads aren't trying to be perfect moms, says a recent study in the Journal of Consumer Research. Instead, they take pride in letting their children take more risks on the playground, compared with their spouses. They tend to jettison daily routines in favor of spontaneous adventures with the kids. And many use technology or DIY skills to squeeze household budgets, or find shortcuts through projects and chores, says the study, based on interviews, observation of father-child outings and an analysis of thousands of pages of at-home dads' blogs and online commentary.
Check out this great video that went with the article:
You can read the rest of the article here!
Did this past year live up to being the often-predicted “Year of the Dad?” You could certainly argue yes based solely by the media attention that was directed towards stay-at-home dads, and “involved dads” in general. Some of the attention has been good, some of it bad, some of it weirdly condescending as it heaps unnecessary praise for doing little, and some of it astoundingly backwards in its conclusions about why more dads are getting involved and questioning whether it’s a good idea.
And in all of this, for some reason, even the best pieces about stay-at-home dads can’t seem to help asking some variation of what I simply call “The Question,” posed to just about every stay-at-home dad interviewed, ever:
Let me be clear with my short answer: “No. Not at all.”
Unfortunately, that doesn’t make for a very compelling interview, so I’ll expound a little . . .
Do you have ears?
Do those ears enjoy listening to sounds?
Well then listen up!
In conjunction with a great new group of dad bloggers (more on that below) SOL REPUBLIC is giving away a fantastic pair of headphones, valued from $99.99 to $179.99 (winner gets to choose). The headphones feature interchangeable pieces, a remote and microphone, deeper bass, higher clarity and crisp vocals.
Yes. We now live in the future.
I’ve seen this pop up a lot this past year, and felt I needed to do something about it.
Did someone post an image, seemingly a screenshot from one of the Back to the Future films, along with a claim that today’s date is the very day that Marty McFly arrived in the future?
You know the one, with hoverboards and automatic shoelaces?
Well, to verify such a claim all you need to do is follow the simple chart above.
Or just watch this clip from the movie itself:
Not October 21st, 2015? Then no. Marty isn’t here yet.
Did you know I’ve written and illustrated a few children’s books?
And in celebration of the New Year, for the entire month of January I’m offering all of them at 25% OFF the cover price to my wonderful readers!
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