You ever have that dream where you go to the gym, enter the locker room to get changed – everything is normal…until you realize you stumbled into the women’s locker room and you are a guy??? Welcome to my world today! Yes, I am a guy – a Dad no less – and thrilled and nervous to be blogging amongst such great Mom bloggers.
My Pledge To You – I Will Try Not To Screw Things Up
PTPA is such a great community – terrific information and wonderful members and bloggers – that I have made it my stated goal not to destroy everything. Nothing like setting the bar low – I find it much harder (yet not impossible) to fail that way. Just in case, someone might want to jot a note down, “Dan joins 5/1/12” that way if everything falls apart from this day forward we will have a clear record of who is to blame. Maybe we can make T-shirts – “Dan Did It!”
A Little About Me
Due to the stresses of being a parent, I have forgotten most of my past. My limited memory capacity is now used to try to remember to pick the kids up, or on hard days, to just try to remember how many kids I have. I am feeling lucid at the moment, so let me give you some quick info…
I have two incredible boys – ages 10 and 8. I really would have no idea how I ended up with such wonderful kids, but then I look at my wife and it all becomes clear. I am a native New Yorker who moved to Northampton, MA and then decided the bagels and pizza here were just not up to par. We now split time between both NYC and Northampton. It’s a nice mix – in Northamtpon we see bears in the backyard and in NYC we see roaches the size of bears in the apartment.
I Do Many Things, But Being A Dad Ties Everything Together
I have worked in the online marketing world for way too long. I had a natural products business that I sold because I wanted to find a way to spend more time with the kids. I quickly realized that I was interested in basically everything – food, sports, gadgets, travel, toys, etc – but I looked at everything through a Dad lens now. I no longer cared about the resolution of a HDTV, I just wanted to know if it could survive being shot with Nerf bullets.
Long story, medium long… I decided to create Dad Does – The Place Where Dads Do Things and Review Things (of course Moms are welcome too!). Over on the site we do a little bit of everything – product reviews, attempted humor pieces, book reviews, articles on parenting and on and on. It has been an incredible experience and a wonderful way to connect with my kids.
I Will Try to Bring The Dad Point of View to PTPA, Whatever That Is
In truth, I think Moms and Dads are much more similar than the media would make it out to be. We are all parents and deal with many of the same issues. As a Dad my heart melts when my son does something incredibly sweet. Of course, when my kids start throwing tantrums for no reason, I pretend they are not my kids. I assume this is generally true for Moms as well?
Seriously, I will try to bring a little of the Dad’s point of view to this blog, but mostly I look forward to learning and interacting with so many great bloggers and readers here at PTPA!
Yes, I Do Have Countless Social Media Thing-a-ma-jigs
Of course I will be blogging right here, but if that is not enough for you, you can follow me on Twitter (@DanDadDoes), check out our Facebook Page, watch me embarrass myself on our YouTube Channel and see strange things I put up on Pinterest. Please, Moms and Dads – feel free to stop by the Dad Does blog and say hello.
Now I will try to publish this without crashing the internet…