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.
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. We have been highlighting 20 dads who have attended the convention and their stories about their experiences. With just five weeks left, Andy Ferguson tells us this week why newer dads can really benefit from attending. Join us as he shares exactly why this gathering is so beneficial to him, his kids, and his family in this week’s Road To Raleigh.
Week 5 – Andy Ferguson, San Francisco, CA
1. Who is in your house? Tell us about your spouse, kids etc.
1 spouse, 2 kids: Tanya, my wife, has worked at Citibank for nearly 20 years in a wide variety jobs, she is currently at CitiVentures, Citigroup’s venture and innovation office in Palo Alto where she is the Director of Marketing and Communications. Oldest daughter Zoe is starting her Sophomore year at at San Francisco’s public arts high school (Ruth Asawa School Of The Arts) where she is in the Vocal department training in Musical Theater. Younger daughter Olivia is starting 8th grade and is a passionate dancer (and Mirfanda…).
2. How long were you, or have been a stay at home dad?
Since 2000 – I’m entering the back half of my second decade!
3. What city/ cities and year(s) did you attend the convention?
Chicago, KC, Omaha, Sacramento, DC
4. What is your best memory from a convention that you attended?
Seeing Dave Lux use a pad as a flip phone while Dave Glusing wore tampax earrings…. Get over it guys, it’s no different than buying toothpaste. If you can handle choosing among the varieties of toothpaste at the market, you can decipher the tampon aisle too!Seriously, the best memory is seeing the newer dads connecting with the more experienced dads and watching the exchange of valuable parenting tips, suggestions, tricks, and information – its powerful what we can all learn from each other.
5. Why should someone attend the convention?
See serious answer above: it is amazing what you will learn, what others will learn from you, and how empowering it feels to know you are part of a bigger community.