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A Special Salute to a Fellow Fatherhood Blogger…

One of the things that’s happened by me entering the realm of blogging, and specifically fatherhood blogging, is that I’ve sought out other blogs. I have the “reader” section of WordPress set to grab all blog posts categorized with “fatherhood”, and I’ve signed up to follow a number of fatherhood blogs. I’ve enjoyed this just as much as writing my own blog…I’ve gotten to connect with some good folks and learn some things along the way as well.

I think we all have our little twists to how we do it, but in general many of the fatherhood blogs are similar in nature. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Part of connecting with other fathers is to see how they describe and react to situations we all go through as fathers/parents – the toilet training stories, going to the ballgame, the funny things our kids say, and the shenanigans they pull. Then there are the ones that are more geared toward advocacy and calls to action and although my blog is not one like that, I enjoy and respect the ones that are.

One of the blogs I’ve come across is different than the others, and incredibly compelling. Through his blog Adventures of a Single Dad, Chad tells his intriguing story. You should read his own words for the full effect, but the Cliff Notes version of Chad’s story is this – Chad tragically lost his fiance and mother of his daughter Cydney to cancer shortly after Cydney was born. Rather than be supportive of him and his daughter, his fiance’s family decided to play hardball and strongarm custody of his daughter away from him. After too long and hard a battle, sanity finally prevailed and Chad won custody of his daughter. He is now a single dad raising beautiful a soon-to-be two year old daughter.

Chad’s blog is a great follow because he does well at maintaining a balance to his blog, intertwining content about his story, his experiences being a single parent, and some of the typical stuff you might find on any fatherhood blog. He also does a great job portraying Cydney’s personality through words, pictures, and even the occasional video. If you follow his blog and stay with it, you’ll enjoy getting to know her.

One of the things I’ve stayed away from on my own blog, but have seen on other fatherhood blogs, is the phenomenon of fathers often getting the short end of the stick when custody battles ensue. Chad deals with this issue really well, describing his experiences with the system openly and honestly. In the end, I get the sense that he’s incredibly become at peace with everything that has happened to him. I get the sense that he doesn’t forget the past, but he doesn’t let the past hold him back from moving forward in the best way he can for his daughter. She’s lucky to have him as her dad.

Categories: fatherhood
  1. October 26, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Nice post. Both you andChad do a great job. This post reminds me that we fatherhood bloggers are kinda like a brotherhood for fatherhood, and that we should all support each other.

    • October 26, 2012 at 10:04 pm

      i agree, and I think that the blogging is just another format to connect with each other. whether by blog or by beer fire, we can share experiences.

  2. October 29, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Reblogged this on singledadventures.

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