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.

5Week 14 – Ariel Isenberg, Naperville, IL

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

My wife, almost 7 year old daughter, four and a half year old son, and 20 month old daughter

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

Since August 2008 when my daughter was born

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

I’ve attended 4 conventions: 2010 in Omaha, 2011 and 2012 in Washington DC, and 2013 in Denver

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

My first convention had such an impact on me that I decided to run for a board position that year and WAS elected! I don’t remember what I said but the convention taught me so many things and the National At-Home Dad Network had such an impact that I thought to myself, “I have to be part of this in a bigger way.”

5.       Why should someone attend the convention?

When I went to my first one in Omaha, I went without knowing anyone who would be there. I was extremely nervous and really questioned taking the only time I would get to myself for the year to go hang with a bunch of guys I didn’t even know and I mean I didn’t know anyone AT ALL. We never met even through social media! The welcome was great and it was amazing to find other guys that “got it.” They had been through the same experiences and trials. Some had encountered the same successes and some had encountered the same setbacks but everyone there was doing the same thing I was doing: stepping out of the workforce, by choice or circumstance, to raise their kids. I didn’t feel alone anymore. I had brothers now.

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