Writing about family life and parenthood is not simply the province of mothers: dads are carving out their own blogular niche. Single dads, stay-at-home dads, working dads, two-dad families — you can find every perspective on WordPress.com. As the US celebrates Father’s Day, here are some dad blogs we love:
What’s the point of having kids if you can’t raise them into die-hard Star Wars fans? DorkDaddy — dentist by day, geek by night, dad 24/7 — uses his blog to chronicle life with this three geeks-in-training.
You respond to his combination of candid takes on parenting with analysis of key issues (would Superman would be a better father than Batman?), and so do we. From whipping up Butterbeer for a sick dorkling to LEGO extravaganzas to building homemade hovercrafts, he takes us through the richness of parenthood with grace, humor, and, yes, a substantial measure of unabashed dorkiness. (We also love his frequent odes to the DorkMommy.)
We’re clearly not the only fans of The Urban Daddy’s mix of “parenting, politics, and common sense” — you made him a finalist in both the Best Canadian Weblog and Best Family or Parenting Weblog categories of this year’s Bloggie Awards. Less a traditional “DaddyBlog” than a blog about life by someone who happens to be a dad, we appreciate the mix of hockey, health, political, and other news (professional wrestling, anyone?) — all served with a side of dad-perspective and cute kid stories.
What happens when a “real man’s man” becomes a stay-at-home-dad? He gets a little dadgitated.
I fish, I hunt, I can shoe a horse, run a boat, change a tire on an eighteen wheeler, hold my booze, make moonshine, butcher livestock, lift heavy objects, use a smoker in a proper manner, chop wood and I’m pretty sure I could survive the up-coming zombie apocalypse. I’ve worked heavy construction. I’ve worked on the deck of big boats. I’ve fought with 2,000 lbs draft horses and won.
Now I’m a stay-at-home father… and I think it will be the end of me.
One of the wonderful things about blogs is how they connect us to people with similar experiences and passions; reading other bloggers’ perspectives can validate and enrich our own. Honest writing about parenthood on Dadgitated (how do you explain what a vagina is to your four-year old?) creates a space where parents can see and laugh at themselves — giving us the breathing room we need to be better parents.
Here are some other community favorites for your Father’s Day reading pleasure:
- Along with Urban Daddy, there’s The Urban Daddy (we’ll let them fight that one out).
- Snoozing on the Sofa follows older dad Scott as he navigates marriage and fatherhood, and learns that he can no longer have nice things.
- UK-based Whiskey for Aftershave hits the dad trifecta — an older, stay-at-home dad of twins.
- Touchline Dad is a sports lover raising three sporty children, and learning how to be a perfectly supportive sideline dad.
- Twinfamy’s name says it all — one dad raising the “two greatest children to ever walk the earth, aside, of course, from Jesus Christ and Chuck Norris.”
- The Dorky Daddy has no delusions of being “the cool dad,” and he’s not ashamed.
Do you have a favorite WordPress.com dad? Let us know!
Only just got onto here (In fact only just got into this world!) but, hopefully, with a little help from my Dad we hope to join this list for the next roundup and exposition. In the meantime congrats to all currently included and thanks for the extra reading material.