So, who am I, and why am I keeping a blog?
I’m a 37-year-old Virginia native, state U graduate and former New York City resident (Park Slope, Brooklyn), who was been a dot-com employee (NYC, mid-90s), newspaper reporter (NJ, late 90s), journalism student (NYC, 2000), wire service editor (NJ, early 00’s) and freelance writer.
I accidentally became an at-home dad after moving to Baltimore, Md., in April 2004. My Lovely Bride and I wanted son to grow up closer to family, so we both hunted for jobs (journalism for me, fundraising for her) from Delaware to North Carolina. We agreed to go with whoever got the first, best job offer. My wife found work in Baltimore, so there we went.
I figured I’d find work by Memorial Day, then by mid-summer, then by Labor Day. I turned down an offer with a former employer in Washington, knowing I’d hate the work and the commute. An Annapolis newspaper interview didn’t bring a job offer, so by year’s end, I accepted that I was an at-home dad for awhile.
Now I have have juggled meal prep, laundry and and housekeeping with potty training, home improvement and play groups. And I’ve found incredible strength though a community of at-home dads, who gather weekly in Baltimore to talk sports and ponder their roles as nurturers-in-chief. We even had a year of our lives made into a documentary film.
Though I figure that qualifies me on some level to pontificate about being an at-home dad, I’m still trying to figure it out. This blog bridges the gap.