About Chris

The Routly Family

Who am I?

Canadian born and bred, I grew up as a pastor’s kid, moving all across the country. Eventually my heart led me to move to the United States, because I married a wonderful woman and that’s where she lived.

I’ve been a dad since September 2008, when our first son, Tucker, made his dramatic appearance. I took on the reins as primary caregiver for Tucker in June 2009. Previously, I’d been a professional designer and artist, but being a full-time at-home dad is the best job I’ve ever had. We welcomed a second son into the family in January 2011, Coltrane, which has exponentially added to both the work, and the pleasure.

Sometimes You Need a Jellyfish

My latest book, Sometimes You Need a Jellyfish. (http://jellyfishbook.com)

We currently live in Portland, Oregon, and love it here. Between the food carts, the creative community, and the widespread acceptance of dads in caregiver roles, it’s pretty much my favorite city ever.

In addition to caring for my boys and writing this blog, I also organize the PDX Dads Group, play and sing with the kindie band Micah and Me, write and illustrate children’s books, and currently serve as the President of the National At-Home Dad Network.

So, yeah, I keep busy.

What is The Daddy Doctrines/The Full Routly?

The Daddy Doctrines was my attempt to throw my hat into the ring of daddy-blogging. Mainly, it served the dual purposes of giving me something of a creative outlet, and a place to show off how awesome my kids are. Seriously, they’re great.

But then in March of 2010, things changed, when a little something I like to call The Huggies Thing happened, when my part in petitioning Kimberly-Clark to change a poorly thought out advertising campaign succeeded, beyond my wildest expectations, and got the media’s attention. I got to do lots of fun interviews. It was kinda surreal. Perhaps that’s what brought you here!  If so, welcome!

It’s become my hope that the Daddy Doctrines would be about adding a dad’s voice to the parenting conversation, and I’m overjoyed that The Huggies Thing has allowed me to do that. If I can shed a little light on real daily life for your average stay-at-home dad, to any that would hear, be they fellow SAHDs, working dads, single dads, plus moms, grandparents, and anyone in between, then I call it Mission: Accomplished.

In December 2015 I transitioned The Daddy Doctrines into The Full Routly, a place where I can continue to write about fatherhood, but also branch out and discuss other topics, and serve as a author portal for my books.

As seen in…

The Reign of the Doltish Dad
(Also appeared in Canada’s National Post)