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 15 – David Worford, Fort Collins, CO
We have four boys ages 10, 7, 3 and 6 months. My wife, Cherie, is a physician.
2. How long were you, or have been a stay at home dad?
I have been a stay-at-home dad for seven years. Left a position as an online editor and haven’t looked back. I intend to continue in the gig as long as my family can tolerate it.
3. What city/ cities and year(s) did you attend the convention?
I have attended five conventions starting with Omaha in 2010, both D.C. events (11-12) and each time in Denver (13-14), which I was part of a small group of Denver area dads to help plan and host those last two. The convention will definitely always be a part of me as a result of that experience.
4. What is your best memory from a convention that you attended?
Helping with the service project in Omaha in 2010 probably stands out the most on a long list of great memories. A group of us painted the interior of a homeless shelter. You could tell it just meant a lot to everyone involved. In fact, several residents joined in to help us out. It was truly a rewarding experience. It was a great bonding experience as well. Well worth the time and a great addition to the convention.
5. Why should someone attend the convention?
Sometimes when you first tell people about the convention they may chuckle or respond in disbelief that an event like this exists. But this is similar to many professional conferences with fantastic parenting content directed at stay-at-home dads. There is so much to take away from the convention from basic parenting advice to handling all the good and bad that comes with being at home. Being able to connect with many fellow dads with similar, and sometimes not so similar, experiences just enhances what the content brings to the table. It adds a sort of real life value on site. I’ve honestly met some of my best friends at the convention. There’s also the chance to get away for a few days and recharge for continued success as a stay-at-home dad, which is always an important thing to get to do. Overall the convention is a great opportunity to simply improve yourself.