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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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.