routlyCHRIS ROUTLY, PORTLAND, OR

“(B)y a few hours into the (convention) weekend I was having deep, personal conversations with not just the guys I knew but also men who were complete strangers moments before. Whoever tries to tell you that guys aren’t social is lying to you.”
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wilkeCARL WILKE, TACOMA, WA

“For the first time in over 12 years of being a full time stay at home dad (SAHD) I felt like I belonged… I was part of a brotherhood. A room full of guys who all knew what it was like to do my job. No explanations needed… we all bonded over shared experiences and common interests.”
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boyetteERIC BOYETTE, CHICAGO, IL

“When it comes to fathers who don’t follow society’s rules, I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised to find that what might look like a glorified guy’s weekend away to the casual observer turns out to be so much more.”
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vandijkCHRIS VANDIJK, DENVER, CO

“(After attending a few meet-ups with a group of at-home fathers) we began sharing and suddenly I’m the expert in the room on cloth diapering and another guy has been through potty training with three kids and another has a bead on free events and another has remarkably insightful advice on lactation and breast-feeding.”
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andrewsMIKE ANDREWS, CLARKSTON, MI

“(At the end of the 18th Annual At-Home Dads Convention) we watched a slideshow of pictures of our kids. Seeing all these happy faces of our kids … (who) looked like guys I just met and then seeing my own brought tears to my eyes. All the pain I felt about leaving them was too much and I couldn’t hold back. I don’t think I have ever missed my kids more than that moment.”
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