It’s been 20 years since the formation of the National At Home Dad Network’s annual convention. To celebrate this milestone we will be counting down to our convention in Raleigh by featuring past and present attendees, who will share why this gathering of modern fathers is so important.
It’s not every year that we turn twenty. As the 20th Annual National At-Home Dad Network’s Convention rolls around we want to celebrate our special event.
Many dads have transitioned through their role as the primary caregiver for their children and many of them have found and attended our convention to find support and meaning to help them in their journey. For the next twenty weeks we will be highlighting 20 dads who have attended the convention. Join us as they share exactly why this gathering is so beneficial to them, their kids, and their family.
Week 11 – Robb Tavill, Omaha, NE
I have been married to my wife Gail since October of 2002. In December of 2005 we welcomed our twins Isabel and Sam after a challenge in order to have children. Gail works for Con Agra Foods here in Omaha Nebraska heading up Con Agra’s Sustainable Effort. Gail is helping Con Agra minimize their carbon footprint in the manufacturing of their products. I have been fortunate to be an at home dad since February of 2006 when Gail’s maternity leave ended. Being able to stay at home with my twins has been and continues to be something I am grateful for.
2. How long were you, or have been a stay at home dad?
I have been staying at home since February 2006 with my twins while my wife Gail continues to excel at her career. Since my twins are now in school fulltime I am able to take some classes at the local community college while the twins are in school. I also coach hockey and baseball for my son, support my daughter in her current pursuit of swimming competitively and help out with Cub Scouts and getting my daughter to her Girl Scout meetings.
3. What city/ cities and year(s) did you attend the convention?
I attended my first Convention in November of 2006 in Kansas City, which was the 11th Annual Convention. I helped to coordinate and plan for the 14th and 15th Conventions that were hosted here in Omaha Nebraska. I was the Convention Chairman for the 16th Annual that was in Washington D.C., I also attended the 17th in D.C. plus the 18th & 19th in Denver Colorado.
4. What is your best memory from a convention that you attended?
The best memory that is still ongoing to this day is the brotherhood of men who are doing the same thing that I am in regards to being the primary caregiver to our children. I may only see the dads once a year at the Convention however, it is always incredible when we get back together and pick up right were we left off the last time we were together. We have also had some pretty cool Key Note Speakers and the Aged Based Forums in break-out sessions are always pretty enlightening to say the least.
5. Why should someone attend the convention?
Someone should attend the convention for two primary reasons in my view. First is the fact that there is a bond or brotherhood of men/dads who know exactly what you are going through. As all the attendees to the Convention are primary caregivers one quickly realizes that they are not alone in doing what they do, are not judged for being in the non-traditional role of being the at home parent and that one does not have to feel completely isolated in what they are doing.
The second reason someone should attend the convention is that it is very educational and informative. Even if you are the Father Of The Year, the information shared or education received will only enhance one’s ability to be the best dad they are able to be. There have been presentations from various parenting experts in the host city’s area that provide additional information to help everyone learn even more about what it takes to be a parent in this day and age.
Attending the convention is an experience a person needs to attend to fully understand the incredible dynamics that the convention offers to dads.