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 18 – Micah Adams, Portage, IN
1. Who is in your house? Tell us about your spouse, kids etc.
There are four of us in our household, my wife, myself, and my two boys. We live in NW Indiana about an hour from Chicago, and about 15 miles from the dunes off of Lake Michigan. Besides ourselves we also host two resident superheros, Thor and Loki, or as my kids calls them “the dogs”.
2. How long were you, or have been a stay at home dad?
Since April 2011 when I left my job as an optician and became a full time stay at home dad. I must say, despite the longer hours, this is the best job I have ever had.
3. What city/ cities and year(s) did you attend the convention?
I attended the 2014 Denver Convention. My only wish is that I would have had another week or two to just stay and hike.
4. What is your best memory from a convention that you attended?
My best memory is really plural, it is going to hang out with a bunch of guys most of whom I never met before and walking away with bunch of lifelong friends. From getting ice cream from a local hot spot, going to a baseball game, and even just sitting in the hotel lobby talk with folks like I knew them for years. I can’t pick just one, but the friendship memories are what really are my favorites.
5. Why should someone attend the convention?
If you are a stay at home dad, you should come. It is an unparalleled chance to meet other fathers who know what it’s like to be you. The speakers are top notch, and the chance to pick their brains are priceless. You can’t come back the same person as when you left and it will have a long lasting positive effect on you.