Road to Raleigh

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 19 – Paul Gilbride, Chesterfield, MO

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Paul. Nancy, Calvin and Molly

1.       Who is in your house? Tell us about your spouse, kids etc.

Myself, my wife Nancy, my 17 year old son Calvin and my 15 year old daughter Molly. My wife is the President of the Federal Services Division at Express Scripts. My son Calvin will be entering his senior year in HS and is a swimmer and water polo player. My daughter Molly will be entering her sophomore year in HS and is a competitive dancer.

2.       How long were you, or have been a stay at home dad?

I have been a stay at home dad since 2002 so almost 13 full years.

3.       What city/ cities and year(s) did you attend the convention?

I attended the 2014 conference in Denver

4.       What is your best memory from a convention that you attended?

The breakout sessions at last year’s convention were very informative and thought provoking. I specifically remember the outing to the Rockies game. It was the first night at the convention and I did not know anyone. The sense of fraternity was obvious from my first exposure to the larger group at the game. Everyone welcomed me and made me feel as though I had been at the last five conventions. It set the tone for a weekend where I felt a part of something larger than myself and established and environment of mutual respect, trust and camaraderie.

5.       Why should someone attend the convention?

There is a certain benefit to spending time with people like ourselves. The convention provides a phenomenal opportunity to be surrounded by people living a very similar life to your own. They share the same challenges, fears and hopes. We learn from each other, we understand each other and we support each other. This sense of belonging and validation of our efforts can be life changing.

Follow #RoadToRaleigh and #AHDCon on Twitter and Instagram and read about our featured dads every Friday until the convention as we count down to the 20th Annual NAHDN Convention

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