Watch out world, here come the dads! Honestly, I and countless other socially vocal dads have been saying this now for a year or two. Kudos to all of those moms out there, who, with their social prowess, have garnered the attention of brands and blogs around the globe. And what have us dads been doing? Not much really…just drinking beer and scotch, doing some grilling, watching some sports on TV and, oh yeah, RAISING OUR KIDS! Yep, you heard me…we are that other half of the parenting equation and I guess we are a bit tired of being treated as second class citizens here.
And guess what…Babble recognizes this and thus this new term “dadding” was born!
Carefully carved into the mommy fabric are the guys threading the needle. Believe it or not, us dads have ideas as well about how to raise our kids. A few decades ago, it was a completely different picture; men went to work and women ran the household. So, can I say this now?
“You’ve come a long way, DUDE!”
A few years ago, Sony recognized us poor neglected dads and decided to do something about it. They came up with a program called “Sony DigiDads“. There is a nice little piece in AdAge about it that goes into the reasoning why dads were the focus. After a few month collaborating, us dads really hit a groove and decided that we wanted to start a podcast, and thus Cast of Dads was born to provide our perspective on parenting as a dad. (The Cast of Dads are: CC Chapman, Brad Powell, Max Kalehoff, Jeff Sass and me.)
Fast forward about 2 years and we just finished recording our 46th episode and have become pretty good friends in the process. That’s what dads are about, while we may not be the same socially as moms are (some of those mommy social circles can be vicious IMHO), we definitely like talking about a variety of topics ranging from current events to how we raise our kids and the challenges, mistakes and victories we have had in the process. As the show has evolved, we have come up with our slogan for the show as both a hat tip to the moms, but also a shout out to all of the dads out there – “The Mother of all Daddy Podcasts”.
So what is my point here? Just that the blogosphere and the social web are changing and actually have been for quite a few years. I started blogging back in November 2005…that’s 6 years ago this month. I was primarily talking about technology back then, but I realized that there was a better niche of understanding technology within the family environment. And I have obviously branched out. I am, after all, a dad first and foremost…not a perfect one by far, but definitely learning from the other dads (and moms) out there.
I commend all of the dads that are making us strong, who are sharing their insights, passions, ideas, and personalities – if you are a dad reading this, be proud and be vocal. At the Cast of Dads, we thought 2011 was the Year of the Dad. However, upon reflection, I simply think that we are in the midst of a tremendous wave of change: that of equality among parenting and ripping down the artificial silos that have been created in the past regarding the roles within the family. I’m excited to be sharing my views with the likes of Ron Mattocks, Mike Adamick, and Jason Avant on Babble.com and all of those powerful dad voices out there on the web.
I’m HighTechDad and I endorse this message!