Monday, January 09, 2012

I am my kids' Dad

Anyone can be a father, you have to work hard to become dad.  There are so many great things that come about from the moment you are labeled as “Dad”.  One day, you’re you, the next day, you’re so much more. 

With the re-launching of Inside Out as Dads Unlimited, I hope to plumb some of the depths of meaning of the word "dad"- the joys, hopes, fears, responsibilities, aids, opportunities, and so much more that is necessary and helpful to us as dads.

For too long, popular culture has portrayed dads as bumbling, insensitive, selfish boors.  Some of us actually believe that is who we are to be.  Its time we make the name “Dad” into something hard to achieve, not easy.  Let’s re-take the title.

Over the next few months, I hope to see this blog turn into a place where dads can congregate, celebrate, cogitate and even castigate if need be.  “Press a button and tune back in three-four-five times a week,” are the words of Toronto’s all news radio station.  I encourage the same here.  Save to Favorites and come back often.  This blog is a work-in-progress, then again, aren’t we all?

Monday’s are planned for Inspirational days- days when Dads Unlimited brings encouragement and motivation to keep striving to become who we want so much to be.  Wednesday’s are for Trends- current topics and how we can possibly face what is going on in the world around us in light of who we are. 
Friday’s are for Ideas- things to do with our kids, or how to handle situations that may arise.

Tomorrow there will be a post as well…not a regularly scheduled one, a diversion.  There will be a second video uploaded regarding the A-to-Z Blog Challenge coming up this April.  Stay tuned.  Also, stay tuned over at the official A-to-Z Challenge website for exciting details of what is ahead!
Please, come back and see us.  As always, comments, even just a friendly hello, are welcomed.  Suggestions even more so.
Oh, and we are adding a baby to our home today too...stay tuned!


Steve Finnell said...

you are invited to follow my blog

welcome to my world of poetry said...

My late husband was a wonderful dad. I lost my dad when I was three so never knew him, I must have missed being "A daddies girl"


Anonymous said...

Hi there!
I'm sure you are a great dad!

Sabrina said...

I can't think of a better more qualified "dad" out there to do this blog. You have parented, step parented, fostered, and simply taken in kids off the streets with me! Looking forward to taking this next step with you.

Anonymous said...

does oldest child also help in the Dad department :)
your littlest sister
BE :)

Join Us For Breakfast said...

Well, I'm not a dad but I've enjoyed watching you be a dad and an uncle :) My kids love you. Hey, for that matter, so do I. Have fun with the new baby.

Eve said...

What a wonderful blog. So many men would benefit from having a place like this to own dad hasn't spoken to me for over 20 years, and my ex-husband hasn't seen our kids for about the same amount of time..even so, I agree with you that too often fathers are portrayed in pop culture as being stupid and bumbling..quite the reversal from the 'Father Knows Best' era...there has to be a middle ground, after all, fathers are human beings first..not all run their homes like a dictator, and not all are bumbling morons..I'm a mom and a grandmom,but still I'm looking forward to reading this blog.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Not a father, but I will be watching the A to Z Challenge blog! (I'm a co-host.)

Inside Out said...

Steve: Welcome, I will certainly check out your blog!
Yvonne: Thank you for visiting me today! You're a very busy blogger so it means a lot to have you stop in here.
Mom!: Thanks...will try!
Sabrina: I love you
Bee: Thanks for stopping in! Big brothers don't make good dads to their siblings...sorry:(
P: We sure love you guys too! This should be fun.
Eve: Thanks for those words. Too many of us get bitter by it all. Its good to know you still see some hope for us, in spite of the sad history.
Alex: I stop in at your blog quite often, thanks for what you do in promoting and running the A-Z Challenge!

Arlee Bird said...

Sounds like a great plan to me. You got it well thought out. I think you will do well.

Tossing It Out

Anonymous said...

what new baby? is there something we should know about???
Nosey A. Joyce

Ron Easton said...

Hi Aunt Joyce... foster baby arrived yesterday! Only five days old today.

Anonymous said...

wow! Will pray for you guys. A. Joyce