As a stay-at-home dad (SAHD) I’m acutely aware that there are a lot of cliches about father’s. We’re often betrayed on TV as the ‘bumbling parent’ who gets lost trying to change a diaper and instantly panics when mom isn’t around. We’re routinely characterised as the rock of the family who’s only emotions are anger, childishness and apathy.
Fortunately, these cliches have long been just that: cliches. As a society we are becoming more aware of gender stereotypes and as the owner and main writer of DashingDad.ca I’m trying to change the perspective of fathers and SAHDs.
Statistically, and by most societal norms, my role as a SAHD is non-traditional. While our demographic is growing, it is still very small. Spend a week with my daughter and I and you’ll notice that I’m usually the only father at any class or playground.
For my part, I love it.
I think being a SAHD is the greatest job in the world. There hasn’t been a single day yet where I have thought to myself “man I wish I was back at work.” I realize that I am incredibly lucky to get to watch my daughter grow up first hand and I try my hardest to soak in all of the moments that I know are fleeting.
Through Dashing Dad, I share the stories of being a SAHD in Calgary. I showcase the city and awesome things to do with your kids around town. From Fish Creek to Heritage Park to different playgroups around town Dashing Dad has become a place where I can show what it’s like to be a stay-at-home parent, and how much fun it can be. Being a Dad is awesome and an amazing adventure. My goal is to show that perspective and grow a community of stay-at-home parents who love being home and love their kids.
Working in conjunction with brands like Local Laundry, I look forward to crafting and engaging with a community of like-minded individuals who are passionate about their families as well as their neighbourhood.
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