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How to Raise a Girl to be Like a Girl

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Any day now, I will be the father of a baby girl and I’ll be honest, I’m terrified. As a stay-at-home dad, it has become soberingly clear that the responsibility of raising this little girl is resting on my overweight shoulders. I’m a boy. I have a boy. I’ve been raising my boy to be like a boy. But a girl is not a boy!

Raising a boy is easy. My boy thinks that atomic elbow drops are hysterical. When either of us makes a fart noise, we’re the funniest two boys on the planet. Is this all going to change when a little girl comes into our daily routine? Can I give a girl an atomic elbow drop? Is it alright to teach her how to make fart sounds? Or actual farting. Can I fart around a baby girl?!

These are legitimate parenting concerns for a boy that has been raising a boy and any day will be raising a girl. Continue reading

Milestones: Parenting “Tips” from Non-Experts

As an at-home parent, I witness the development process firsthand. Milestones happen every day. Some happen to suck.

When I ask my son, “The Understudy”, to do something he doesn’t want to do, he walks away quickly. Today he made his first real decision and he vocalized it. As his father, it is my duty to make sure he knows that I will always have the upper hand. I am proud of the defiant little monster that he became today.

Welcome to the game, rookie.

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Map of Dad Groups

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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: or 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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Event: 19th Annual At-Home Dads Convention


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.

New Here, huh?

What is going on here?!

Thanks for checking out Just a Dad 247. If you scroll down you will see explanations of our blog categories.

We are just a couple of dads helping each other and in turn, hoping to help the growth of the dad community. Find a dad group with our Map of Dad Groups. It is a current list of known dad groups that we update whenever we find new one. If you know of dad group that is not on our map, please let us know. We will add them. Let’s help our dad brothers find a place to call home.

We hope you enjoy the blog and look forward to hearing from you.


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