It is my opinion that men are completely marginalized in the parenting business. Mom’s get all the credit and recognition for raising kids, and guys are still seen as a bunch of oafs who should be applauded if they manage to change a diaper successfully. Now don’t get me wrong, women do an amazing job raising kids and there’s no one challenging their supreme role as baby makers, but men have more potential and ability in parenting than anyone gives them credit for.
My experience being a father is nothing like what’s portrayed in popular culture. I’ve sought insight and help from books and other media, but have been let down because I have rarely found anything of worth or that which relates to my own life. Even outside the topic of fatherhood, I’ve found that a lot of information given to parents is exaggerated or untrue. I started this blog as a way of just opening up dialogue about things that everyone seems to just accept as being true or the way things are. I want to be able to not just change our ideas about parenting, but expand our way of thinking about what it is we are supposed to do for our children.
I’m also the father of a ‘late talking child’ who has recently made significant progress towards catching up with his peers in communication skills. My journey with my son through this setback has been challenging but, even worse, it’s been lonely. So I also started this blog as a way to support other parents who may have a ‘late talking child’ or child with any other perceived developmental disability.
I have a wide range of things I want to talk about, and I want to finally reach out to other parents as well. I’ve found it very hard to make connections with other fathers or parents, over the last few years, and I hope to work on that through my writing on this blog.
Please comment on any of the posts you read. Feel free to challenge my ideas or add some of your own. If you have any questions for me or have a topic that you would like me to write about, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I promise I will answer your questions to the best of my ability, or I will refer you to the best outlet that might have the information you seek.