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.

We’re halfway through the countdown to the 20th Annual National At Home Dad Convention. We’ve highlighted nine other dads who have attended our annual convention and shared their personal stories and experiences. If you’ve scrolled through our blog you can read about all the other dads who have attended and why it is such an important and unique event for stay at home dads. Find us on Facebook and Twitter and use #RoadToRaleigh to follow us on the rest of the journey.

1Week 10 – Joseph Fowler, Bloomington, IN

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

My wife of  nine years, Kristine.  Our daughter, Kennedy (almost 6).  Our son, Jefferson (4) . My wife is an associate athletic director at Indiana University.  We have lived in Bloomington, Indiana for almost 3 years.  Kennedy will be starting kindergarten in the fall.  Jefferson will be going to pre-school.

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

I have been a stay at home dad since our daughter was born in 2009. It was a decision that my wife and I made jointly but in reality was probably more like a self-fulfilling prophecy as I talked about staying at home well before I was married  and before children.

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

Omaha -2010, Washington, D.C.  – 2011, 2012, Denver – 2013, 2014

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

I have had great memories from every convention.  In Omaha, I learned how to do my daughter’s hair.  In Washington, D.C. I learned the importance of fellowship and connecting with other dads.  In Denver, I found mindfulness (thanks to Stephanie Jelley of Umojawa), which helps me bring a little peace to my day.

5.       Why should someone attend the convention?

Attending convention helps you gain the confidence to be the best stay at home dad you can be.  Sometimes it can be a lonely existence, so it is great to connect with other dads that are going through the same things you are or have gone through them already. 

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