map of dad groups

Map of Dad Groups

map of dad groups

The book, The Expectant Father, was given to Kepley when he was going to be a dad and he got it for Pat when it was his turn. It became a tradition for us when another of our friends joined the dad ranks.

When we became stay-at-home dads we cracked the book back open for info. It had a website for dad groups, but it had not been updated in several years.

That was one of the reasons we started this blog. To help any type of dad (SAH, WAH, etc) be able to find resources like dad groups around them.

The Map of Dad Groups is a visual aid with links to each group that we are aware of and have found in our searches. If you know of a group that isn’t on there, please let us know. We hope to help even one dad find a group to hang out with, get their daddying on, and press the reset button with other dads just like them.

If you would like to register a group or to add the map widget on your site, please contact us on our Facebook page, on Twitter, or by email: pat@justadad247.com or kepley@justadad247.com. Let’s all help our dad brothers find a place to call home.

Click on any location on the map for more info.


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Dadvertising: Choosy Moms Choose Jif Commercial

“Choosy Moms Choose Jif” has been around for for nearly four decades. Did you ever think a dad would be called “Choosy”?

In 2012 Jif Peanut Butter started incorporating “Choosy Moms and Dads Choose Jif” in their advertising campaigns. I have been a stay-at-home dad for coming up on two years and this is the first time I have seen this and it reminds me why Pat and I started this site.

A place where Stay-at-Home dads, dads who kind of like their kids, parents, Pat, and myself could find information, encouragement and stupidity when we needed some.

Advertising says a great deal about the climate of society. What do people buy into? Growing up, I never would have ever considered witnessing (much less, caring about) peanut butter acknowledging me.

I am seeing the tide of fatherhood change and I am proud to be a father.

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Event: 19th Annual At-Home Dads Convention

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The National AT-Home Dad Network will be hosting it’s 19th at-home dad convention on September 19-20, 2014 in Downtown Denver, CO.

The convention is the 2nd longest-running fatherhood event in the country and still proudly organized by dads for dads. The AHDN (At-Home Dad Network) has tons of information on their website and on Facebook about the event. We are including links and explanations below and encourage anyone that is interested in going to contact us or the AHDN with any questions. We hope to see you there!

National At-Home Dad Network

You can find information about the network, locate dad groups, register dad groups, read at-home dad blogs, etc.

Convention Facebook Page

Get updates, great information on when the best time to book a flight is, and join general discussions about the convention with others that plan to attend.

19th Annual At-Home Dads Convention

Learn what previous attendees said, information about the convention, why you should attend, view the event schedule, and learn the history of the convention.

The Brian Dickson Memorial Scholarship

There is a scholarship fund to help stay-at-home dads who would like to attend the Annual At-Home Dads Convention but cannot because of financial reasons.

If you have any questions about the convention, please feel free to reach out to us or the AHDN. We may not be experts, but we know who to direct questions to and we’re more than happy to help. We really hope to see you there. And if you know a stay-at-home dad, please share this info with them as well.

Dad Blog: Dad on the Run

dotrIn my decision to become a stay-at-home dad, I searched for other fathers who had gone through the same thing. Naturally, the Beatles maniac that I am, when I ran across the blog name, “Dad on the Run”, it sang it’s siren song and luckily, for me, I listened. I was instantly drawn to his mastery of words, his skill of engagement, and his undeniable love for his children. That, dear readers, was my first experience with a stay-at-home blog, a dad blog or even a blog at all, and it gave me the confidence that I was looking for as a dad and as a future stay-at-home dad.

 

Who was that masked dad?
Dad on the Run is an anonymous blogger who goes by the name, “Eric,” from the land of “Chicago.” He is a proud, full-time father (aka… stay-at-home Dad) and Parenting Partner with his wife, “Vv” to their two children “J Bean” and “Link.” He says about the blog, “I imagine it being a place I can dwell on childhood through the eyes of my kids while reminiscing on my own, a place I can boast about my achievements as a husband and father or beat myself up over mistakes, a forum for second-guessing my decisions, bitching about the small stuff, and enjoying a laugh.” Simply put, Dad on the Run is a wordsmith. He has a way of waxing poetical and making words float in and out of sentences to paint a vision of what a dad can be.

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Daddy Dev

Daddy DevHave you ever wished someone could explain computer coding to you as if you were a child? Daddy Dev is one dad’s quest to teach his kid to code. Ryan E. Hamilton records his computer coding lessons to teach to his son and you get to learn right along with him, starting from the simple definition of HTML to the complex coding required to make computer programs work. The audio recording is accompanied by easy to understand whiteboard pictures and coding text examples to make for very easy learning. This is an essential tool for anyone looking to learn coding or give their child a head start on a skill that will benefit them greatly in the future.

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The smallest moments can have the biggest impact on a child’s life. My oldest son swung by himself for the first time today.

We’ve been going back and forth for months about him swinging his legs to the right rhythm to keep himself going. I tell him, “Never give up. You may not get it right, but never give up.”

He kicks in frustration and spends more energy doing it wrong than trying to do it right. I swing with him, hoping he will learn to believe that he can do it. Today he gave it everything he had and he soared as high as a backyard swing-set allows. I will dance, cheer or whatever it takes to show my children I believe in them.