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 17 – Jesse King, Spring Hill, FL


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

Myself, my wife, twin boys 3.5yo. We have been married for 10.5 years, my wife is a project manager for a government contractor that deals with health and human services. She oversees virtual learning and provides virtual trainings for her company, as well as many others. She works from home and travels up to her corporate office in New York and Boston a few times a year. She enjoys her job and does really well at it. She is a runner, having competed in several obstacle course races, 5 and 10k, a trail run ½ marathon, and just completed her first sprint triathlon.

my kids are amazing. They are smart, enjoy being outside, building forts and just having fun around the house. Miles favorite things are doing art these days, and building towers out of legos. Also catching lizards, which are plentiful down here. Emmett loves the water and will probably live on the beach the rest of his life. They share a room, which makes things interesting at times, but they are best friends. That doesn’t stop them from beating the crap out of each other from time to time though. They spend a lot of time with me training, exercising and really enjoy it. They love the water, pool, beach, whatever. as long as we can go, they will be in it.

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

I have been a SAHD since December of 2012

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

Denver, the last 2 years

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

I still remember, probably more frequently than anything else, my first year, the guest speakers talk. He just hit a lot of things on the head and has given me so much to work with over the last 2 years.

5.       Why should someone attend the convention?

I am a big fan of personal deve2lopment and investing in yourself. It is not just a weekend to get away. While, you do in fact, get away, you are learning skills from people that have gone through the exact same experiences as you, the same way, feel the same feelings and know what has worked and what hasn’t. Not to mention, this is your job, your family, your spouse, what more could benefit? The convention is well worth it. Even if you just get a mental recharge from it, it’s worth it. I have found it to be so helpful, from the skills learned in the breakout sessions or listening to the guest speakers talk for a few hours, I still use some of the things I learned from my first convention. Plus, these are people I will be friends with for a long time.




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