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 6 – Marty Josephson
1. Who is in your house? Tell us about your spouse, kids etc.
My wife and I are empty nesters now. There are a lot of good things to say about that. The bank of mom and dad is closed, leisurely weekends, no more listening to mind numbing kids’ music, vacations we really want to take, and no more bending of schedules to fit all the school and extracurricular activities my kids did. So, I can be lazy when I want to be. But, we are always parents and around if our girls need to talk to us. And, they do. My oldest is 27 and works for the University Of Wisconsin in Madison, WI. My youngest is 23 and works for Deloitte Federal Consulting in Washington D.C. My wife… what can I say. I married out of my league. Smart, driven, compassionate, and she never gave a rip about the lousy food that I made when I was at home or the messy house. She works as a representative for a company that manufactures and sells Functional Electrical Stimulation equipment to help people who suffered strokes or are dealing with MS and spinal cord Issues.
2. How long were you, or have been a stay at home dad?
I was a stay at home dad for 18 years. It was my choice to stay home, giving up a career in IT that I kind of enjoyed. During the last few years of being at home I started to write documentation for small IT systems and I still do that.
3. What city/ cities and year(s) did you attend the convention?
I attended the convention in Chicago. The years… I don’t know. A long time ago. I was at conventions 2 thru 8 and 10.
4. What is your best memory from a convention that you attended?
The best memory ? Nothing specific. Meeting the guys. Guys that I am still in touch with years after I stopped going. Keeping up with their lives and their kids. Knowing that they raised kids who are now on their own and living their own lives.
5. Why should someone attend the convention?
You may glean some parenting advice. Learn different techniques about raising kids. Hear stories about how some dads’ lives are enhanced, changed or even more troubled. But, it is really about the relationships you will develop with other dads. So, go to the break out groups and the keynote and the seminars, but talk to the other dads. The other dads is why you should go.