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Change in attitudes and market power for at-home dads convention

Change in attitudes and market power for at-home dads convention

“Are dads the new moms?” asked a video clip in a crowded hotel ballroom on Friday.

“No!” said the men gathered for the 19th annual At-Home Dads Convention in Denver. The event, which continues through Saturday at the Marriott SpringHill Suites, drew 105 attendees for its 2014 gathering — up from 73 at last year’s event, which was also held in Denver.

Many of these men say they have been mocked, shut out of mommy groups or given the stink eye at playgrounds. But their biggest challenge is the isolation they feel as full-time parents without a mainstream support network.

“We’re tired of the backhanded comments and questioning of our masculinity,” said Hogan Hilling, a California father of three. “But we’re standing up now and the culture is finally starting to change.”

Pew Research Group estimates about 2 million American dads to be primary caregivers for their children, compared with more than 10 million stay-at-home moms.

The At-Home Dads Network pegs their numbers a bit lower (1.75 million) but also quibbles with the definition that organizations and others use to define them.

“As a guy, if you have a part-time job or work any amount of hours per week, you can’t be considered a primary caregiver,” said Chris Routly, a 38-year-old Portland, Ore,. father of two and founder of the Daddy Doctrines blog. “That’s not the case for women.”

“According to the census, we’re ‘alternate child care,’ ” said Ron Farrell, a 41-year-old father of three. “But people are becoming more accepting, whether it’s because of the CLICK TO KEEP READING

 

Amber Johnson
Author: Amber Johnson

Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas, travel writer and former columnist for The Denver Post. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas, travel writer and former columnist for The Denver Post. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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