An Introduction

July 16, 2016 was the day I officially became a father of two. It can’t be understated how immensely your life changes anytime you welcome a new child into this world. While the experience was familiar with it being our second, there is nothing easy or routine when it comes to being a dad. To quote Dalton, one of the great movie characters of all time, “Expect the unexpected.”

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It was sometime around this date that I was inspired to start a dad blog. Mommy blogs have become quite the rage, but dad blogs are still a fairly new phenomenon. The good dad blogs tackle the more traditional patriarchal activities and challenges with a unique spin.

Research shows that the millennial dad is different than their dads. We are more involved. Some even stay at home with the kids. Many are leading researching daycares, setting up playdates and trying to fill Saturdays with activities while their spouse hits the gym and brunch.

In Columbus, despite being the 15th largest city in America, no true dad blog or online community exists for dads to share their stories, successes and tribulations of parenthood. Columbus is a progressive city. We tout a population that skews younger than comparative cities, with a higher rate of millennials moving here. We’ve been recognized as a top city for working moms, but what is it like being a dad in Columbus?

Today, I’m presenting CBUS dads.

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This site will not be about just one dad. CBUS Dads is a community in the truest sense. Many contributors will share their stories and contribute to the dad blog, serving as a resource and a sympathetic ear to those who are trying to conquer the day-to-day of parenting.

We will be authentic, honest and genuine, providing our unique, varied perspectives of dads who not only live in Columbus, but experience the city everyday. We will strive to represent the active, involved, connected Columbus dad and illustrate how you can balance that lifestyle while being supremely committed to fatherhood. CBUS Dads may live downtown or in the suburbs. A Saturday may involve coaching tee ball in the morning, lunch at a local restaurant and taking their kids to one of Columbus’ awesome summer festivals in the evening. We want to show that being a dad doesn’t mean sacrificing experiencing the city we love.

Please follow along. Join us on this journey. Let us know what you think. Tell your tale.

Cheers to you, Columbus Dads.

 

By Steven Michalovich, Contributor

 

 

The Ohio State Football Game Survival Guide

CBUS Dads blogger Steven Michalovich took his family of four to The Hoseshoe for an Ohio State football game.

Color my wife and I ambitious, but we took both our two-year old and our eight-week old to Ohio Stadium for a football game. The general sentiment among our friends and family was that we were a few marbles short of a sack for going through with it. We completely acknowledged that the kids sitting through four hours in The Horseshoe was not going to happen. As passionate alumni, we were merely seeking the novelty of having our two young kids get the experience – one we consider the best way to spend a fall Saturday.

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We strategically chose this game, because kickoff was at 3:30 and wouldn’t interfere with our oldest’s midday nap time. We waited to depart for campus until 3:20, letting the traffic subside. This turned out beneficial for parking as well, as we scored a spot right near The Shoe.

There’s a lot of speculation and confusion on the University’s policy on children, so here it is: Children under two can get in without a full price ticket, but a lap ticket is required. These are $10 and can be purchased at the ticket office. Personally, I think it’s a ripoff that the max age is two, but no one will mistake Ohio State for being a charity.

My sophomore step sister got us student tickets through her sorority. For the last ten years or so, Ohio State requires any admission with a student ticket to have a BuckID accompanying it. Thankfully my wife and I are pros and still have ours. Our tickets were in the south stands, primarily occupied by college kids. Despite a few over-served coeds, the drunken debauchery was at a minimum. In fact, I have to give the crew sitting adjacent to us a ton of credit. Not only were they classy fans, but they fully embraced us and our tiny comrades.

Even with the close parking and courteous fans, an Ergo for our youngest was completely mandatory. If you don’t know about Ergo, I highly recommend it for anyone with/expecting a baby.

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All was going smoothly. We got to our seats midway through the first quarter. I was able to consume my first purchased beer in The Horseshoe. Our youngest was peacefully strapped to my chest. Our oldest was enamored with all of the sights and sounds. The zenith of this investment/experience was watching her determination to find Brutus amongst the crowd and her excitement after she finally spotted him.

The forecast sadly didn’t cooperate. The day started sunny and unseasonably hot, but as predicted the rains came right before halftime. We held out as long as we could, but the storms were fierce. A wet dash to the car was actually seen with a lot of laughs among the family. As great as the kids were behaving, we probably could’ve stayed longer had it not been for the inclement weather.img_1690

Regardless, no regrets here. We were prepared and enjoyed our time.

And we survived to tell the tale.

 

By Steven Michalovich, Contributor