Posts by Al Watts

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Thank You, National At-Home Dad Network

by Al Watts
20th Annual At-Home Dads Convention, 9/25/15 - 9/27/15, Raleigh, NC

In 2008, I decided to get involved with the Annual At-Home Dads Convention and the National At-Home Dad Network. I wanted to pay forward the help other guys had given me during my first six years as an at-home dad and I thought I could be useful in making the Convention and NAHDN better. I […]

What Do Stay-At-Home Dads Do All Day?

by Al Watts

A few weeks ago, I was interviewed by the Chicago Tribune for a story about stay-at-home dads. The reporter asked me the usual questions: how did I become a stay-at-home dad (my wife made more money), what my typical day is like (a whirlwind I often don’t remember) and how I parent differently than my […]

The Value of Community for Stay-At-Home Dads

by Al Watts
2010 Convention

Stay-at-home dad Brent Brookhouse wrote on recently about a discussion on a private Facebook group affiliated with the National At-Home Dad Network that concerned him to the point that he left the group. He was right to be upset about the post and some of the comments made about it. The entire thread Brent described […]

“Mr. Mom” is Banished Word for 2014

by Al Watts

Today, Lake Superior State University announced that “Mr. Mom” made the list of banished words for 2014: “The 30-year anniversary of this hilarious 1983 Michael Keaton movie seems to have released some pent-up emotions. It received nearly as many nominations as “selfie” and “twerk” from coast to coast in the U.S. and Canada, mostly from […]


by Al Watts

Originally posted at… In nine years as an at-home dad, I have taken my kids to countless grocery stores, hardware stores, doctor’s appointments (mine and theirs), banks, playgrounds, museums and post offices all during normal working hours. I often hear, “so it’s daddy’s day! How sweet,” or “it looks like you have a few […]

Dad 2.0 Summit Delivers

by Al Watts
Video screen

In today’s social media world, there is still nothing that beats a good old-fashioned hand shake. Or a hug. As a stay-at-home dad for the last 10 years, I have felt isolated at times. Even in a house full of kids, it can be very lonely as an at-home parent. No matter how hard I […]

Thank You At-Home Dads!

by Al Watts

Today we launched a new and improved website for The National At-Home Dad Network here at Hit the Comment Section and let us know what you think! The site is an extension of our mission to provide education, support and advocacy for fathers who are the primary caregivers of their children and the hard […]

National At-Home Dad Network Accomplishes a lot in 2012

by Al Watts

It used to be that to be a good father meant you earned enough income to support the family comfortably. But, what it means to be a good father is changing. More and more men are wanting to and are becoming more involved in household and child care duties. As at-home dads, we are role […]

Daddyshome Changes Name

by Al Watts

I am excited to announce that Daddyshome, Inc., the National At-Home Dad Network, is changing its name to the more concise The National At-Home Dad Network. The National At-Home Dad Network supports, educates and advocates for fathers who are the primary caregivers of their children. The latest U.S. Census report found 32% of all married […]

Dads Don’t Babysit

by Al Watts

The U.S. Census Bureau, in a report entitled “Who’s Minding the Kids?” assumes mom is the “designated parent” in households in which both the mother and father are present and assumes dad is one of many child care arrangements including day care, grandparent care and self-care. This is an unfair characterization of all dads but particularly for […]