What I’m about to tell you honestly started as something of a joke, to me. Someone posited the idea, and others got on board, and it truly sounded pretty awesome, but… there was just no way I could do it. No way. And so it was with that in mind I said to my wife that evening “Oh, honey, listen to this: some of my dad blogger friends are planning on flying to England next summer, and then walking 84 miles in a week across the country following the ruins of an ancient Roman wall. Doesn’t that sound awesome?”
But then came the shocker.
“Yeah it does!” she said, “You should do it! But that’s a long way, so only if you let me train you.”
And so here we are.
I’m so excited to be able to officially announce the Dads4Kesem Hadrian’s Wall Walk in July 2016, when I’ll be joining 11 other dad bloggers, writers, and influencers, as we walk together to raise funds for a new Camp Kesem chapter at the University of Maryland in honor of my friend Oren Miller, who lost his battle with cancer last year.
Here’s the sweet, sweet logo I had the privilege of making for the team:
I’m sure I will post a lot more about this adventure in the months ahead, as I prepare, raise funds, and try to get in better shape to survive this very long walk. 84 miles in a week means more than 10 miles a day, so I definitely have my work cut out for me.
The group’s website and fundraising page is Dads4Kesem.com, where you will be able to find out more about the walk, the team, and help us as we raise support for Camp Kesem.
Please note: All monetary funds raised will be going towards Camp Kesem’s new chapter, not to pay for the trip to England or costs associated with the walk itself. Each member of the team will be paying their own travel and other expenses.
Meet the Team!
- Phil Corless (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho) of Idaho Dad
- Jim Higley (Chicago, Illinois) of Bobblehead Dad
- Whit Honea (Los Angeles, California) of Dads4Change
- Brent Almond (Baltimore, Maryland/Washington, D.C.) of Designer Daddy
- Chris Routly (Portland, Oregon) of The Full Routly
- Michael Moebes (Atlanta, Georgia) of Dadcation
- Jeff Bogle (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) of Out With the Kids
- Jason Greene (New York, New York) of One Good Dad
- Brian Reasoner (Nashville, Tennessee) of Southern Bella’s Big Daddy
- Josh Misner PhD (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho) of Mindful Dad
- Doug French (Ann Arbor, Michigan) of Dad 2.0 Summit
- John Pacini (Houston, Texas) of Dad 2.0 Summit
About Camp Kesem!
Camp Kesem is a nationwide community, driven by passionate college student leaders, that supports children through and beyond their parent’s cancer. A program of Kesem, Camp Kesem operates over 80 free summer camps in 34 states for children ages 6 to 16 who have been touched by a parent’s cancer. This camping experience has a lasting impact on children by providing them a peer-support network that understands their unique needs, builds confidence and strengthens their communication skills. In 2016, Camp Kesem will serve over 6,000 children coast-to-coast – all funded by generous donations from individuals and corporate support. For more information on Camp Kesem, please visit www.campkesem.org, www.facebook.com/CampKesem, and @CampKesem on Twitter & Instagram.
CNN/HLN reporter Josh Levs sues Time Warner over discriminatory parental leave policy, seeks (GASP!) equality for Dads as Parents
See Update Below!
I’ve had the privilege to interact with Josh Levs a few times now for stories he has done for CNN and HLN covering modern, involved fatherhood. He has always been a pleasure to chat with, and one of the few media people I have met who I know really “gets it.” As a young dad himself, he’s been a huge supporter of getting dads welcomed into the conversations about parenting in the media.
Recently, Josh and his wife had their third child. In planning for the birth, he did some research into the paternity leave policy that Time Warner (CNN’s parent company) provided, and was surprised by what he found: clear discrimination against biological fathers.
The full leave policy is likely very complicated, but in a nutshell, it is this: mothers get ten (10) weeks of paid leave, while fathers only get two (2). Time Warner has, in the past, justified this discrepancy because of the recovery time needed for mothers after the trauma of childbirth, although technically recovery time is actually already covered as part of their short-term medical disability leave. However, in the case such as adoption, surrogacy, and for same sex couples, the ten week paid policy applies to any new parent, man or woman. Time Warner has, rightly, been proud of their forward looking parental policy when it comes to supporting new adoptive, surrogate, and same-sex parents. So why does this policy exclude ONLY biological fathers?
Did you know I make children’s books? I do! And they’re awesome!
Just for my friends and fans and well-wishers, I’m having a huge sale on ALL of my books right now — 25% OFF when you purchase one through CreateSpace.
Just use the discount Code FEV5MFE8 at checkout. Easy-peasy.
Proceeds are going towards defraying the cost of going to the At-Home Dad Convention next month. 🙂
Don’t forget to join me and some other rad dads this Thursday for my first ever gig co-hosting a Twitter Party!
This is your chance to win one of five “The Rock – Milk Gift Packs” (valued at $98 each) and one Grand Prize of a 16GB iPad Mini Grand Prize (valued at $329)!
Please follow and join me, @ChrisRoutly, our hosts @LifeOfDadShow and @MilkMustache, along with my fellow co-hosts @TommyRiles, @CuteMonsterDad, and @DiaryDad this Thursday, August 15, at 12:00 noon EST.
Use the hashtag (you guessed it!) #SuperMilkMan!
No idea what a Twitter party is? No idea how you “attend” one? Here’s a great rundown of everything you need to know.
Disclaimer: I am being compensated Life of Dad, LLC for my participation as an Official Entrant in, and promotion of, the #SuperMilkMan Contest. Seriously, they are paying me to compete to meet The Rock. How cool is that?
In case you missed it, I was fortunate to be one of several dad bloggers quoted in a great piece on the front page of yesterday’s New York Times business section about the Dad 2.0 Summit, and the ever-evolving relationship between dads and advertisers.
Most of my interview and section of the article was a brief rehashing of last year’s “Huggies Thing,” but I want to draw special attention to one line I sort of… feel like I should explain.
At the Dad 2.0 Summit a couple of weeks ago, one of the nice little gifts (a.k.a. “swag”) that I left with was this awesome silicone cereal bowl from the good people at the National Milk Mustache Campaign. When I got home I gave it to my boys, and they loved it. So much so, that they fought over who got to use it.
I sent them a message on Twitter to thank them for the excellent bowl:
— Chris Routly (@ChrisRoutly) February 5, 2013
To my shock, they got in touch and said they may have a solution.
I’m finding it really hard to sum up, or maybe even just wrap my head around, the weekend in Houston that was the Dad 2.0 Summit.
I’m not sure what I expected, going in, but I feel pretty confident that whatever I was expecting would have been pretty lame compared to what I actually got.
To understand my experience I’ll steal an object lesson from BusyDadBlog himself, Jim Lin, in saying that I sort of wore three hats to Dad 2.0…
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.
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!
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!
Just use the Discount Code FEV5MFE8 when ordering, via the links below:
|From ‘A is for Apple’ to ‘Z is for Zucchini,’ kids will love this fun way to learn about healthy foods while also learning their ABCs.|
|From ‘A is for Alligator’ to ‘Z is for Zebra,’ kids everywhere will love this fun way to learn their ABCs.|
|De “‘A’ es para la abeja” a “‘Z’ es para el Zorro,” niños de todas partes les encantará esta forma divertida de aprender a leer y escribir.|
|It seems we’ve lost what children inhabit.Wonder.
But that’s where we find God…
|This huge compilation contains almost all of the first 270 Life of Ronnie strips produced for my semi-autobiographical web series.|
NOTE: This discount only applies when purchased through CreateSpace.com, Amazon’s independent publishing arm, not when purchased through Amazon.com.
Think you know someone who would like to take advantage of this to get a deal on some good books and support an independent author? Please share!
Just a quick note because I realized that I have yet to post anything about this on here…
In case you’re wondering why I haven’t been posting as much recently (or perhaps you never wondered, because it’s nothing out of the ordinary for me) it’s because when I have a free moment I am spending it planning and packing for a move across the country in, oh, about a week.
Yep, we’re movin’!
My wife has recently accepted a position in Portland, Oregon, and we fly west on Thanksgiving Day.
Although we’re definitely still in the bittersweet stage as we say goodbye to friends and the community we’ve built here in the Lehigh Valley, we’re actually really excited about it. The job looks like a great fit, and since she is from the area our boys will be suddenly surrounded by cousins and aunts and uncles and grandparents and great-grandparents. My family in British Columbia will suddenly be within far, far easier distance to visit.
And really, for an artsy guy, who loves to cook and eat good food, and wants to live in an area that is friendly to stay-at-home dads, could there be a better place than Portland? I mean, seriously.
Anyhow, just wanted to let you all know. Hopefully the move will go smoothly and I’ll be all up and running with lots of anecdotes about How Not To Move With Toddlers soon enough.
Movember is now in full swing, and I have the skeevy-looking upper lip to prove it.
Wait, what the heck is “Movember” again?
Movember is the month formerly known as November, where men and women across the globe join together to raise awareness and funds for men's health issues. Men grow and women support a Mo (moustache) for 30 days to become walking, talking billboards, for our men's health causes – prostate and testicular cancer initiatives.
- 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime.
- In 2012, 242,000 new cases of the disease will be diagnosed and more than 28,000 men will die of prostate cancer.
- Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in American males between the ages of 15 and 35.
- 8,590 men will be diagnosed with the disease in 2012 and 360 will die.
How Can You Help?
Please support the cause by donating to me and my team of fellow dads!
Learn more at my own little “Mo Space” here: http://mobro.co/chrisroutly
I’m very proud to announce that I have just been elected as the newest Board Member of the National At-Home Dad Network, and will be helping with the redesign and relaunch of their web presence as Chairman of the Website Committee.
It’s been a real pleasure getting to know the other dads in the NAHDN this past year online, and then to meet so many of them at the convention earlier this month. I’m excited about getting to be officially involved with a group that makes it their mission to provide advocacy, support, community and education for dads who act as primary caregivers for their children.
Thanks for your faith in me, dads!
Keep on daddying!
November 1st kicks of Movember 2012, and this year I will be joining the NYC Dads Group, Dad 2.0, and other fantastic dads from around the country and around the web as we shave clean and then (in my case attempt) to “grow a Mo … to become walking, talking billboards, for our men’s health causes – prostate and testicular cancer initiatives.”
Before you write this off as a pointless slacktivist gesture, know that the Dads team last year raised nearly $20,000 in donations, and also received a $15,000 match from sponsor Philips Norelco. That’s $35,000 just from one team of dads! This year we hope to beat that.
Now, I am not exactly what one would call hirsute. There’s a good reason I’ve been shaving my head for over a dozen years now, and my face has never known what it’s like to have 5 o’clock shadow. Heck, it barely registers a 5 day shadow. So what I will be able to produce in 30 days is questionable. I may simply look like I was facing upwind as a someone shook out a recently used barber cape. We’ll see.
But still, I am happy to join my probable peach fuzz to the glorious mustaches and beards of those far more hirsute than I, as we together try to raise awareness of these underknown killers of men.
How Can You Help?
First of all, if you’re a dude, join the team!
Lastly, spread the word. Please share this post, tell your friends and family about Movember, and generally just be a good egg about the whole thing.
Where does the money go, exactly?
The funds raised in the US support prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men. The funds raised are directed to programs run directly by Movember and our men’s health partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG, the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Together, the three channels work together to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programs in line with our strategic goals in the areas of awareness and education, survivorship and research.
For more information on the programs we are funding please visit the following:
- Prostate Cancer Foundation
- LIVESTRONG, The Lance Armstrong Foundation
- Awareness & Education
- Global Action Plan
More About Movember
Movember – a global movement
Since its humble beginnings in Melbourne, Australia, Movember has grown to become a truly global movement inspiring more than 1.9 Million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to participate with formal campaigns in Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, the UK, South Africa, Ireland, Finland, the Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Belgium and the Czech Republic. In addition, Movember is aware of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas supporting the campaign and men’s health cause across the globe, from Russia to Dubai, Hong Kong to Antarctica, Rio de Janeiro to Mumbai, and everywhere in between.
No matter the country or city, Movember will continue to work to change established habits and attitudes men have about their health, to educate men about the health risks they face, and to act on that knowledge, thereby increasing the chances of early detection, diagnosis and effective treatment.
In 2011, over 854,000 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas around the world got on board, raising $126.3 million USD.