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.”
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.
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