Time to Revolutionize… Supersizing Fatherhood

Ok Dads, in thinking about the idea beyond Dad Revolution, we are trying to help you think about fatherhood in a different way. As many of you who have followed us in the past have found, all of us from Dad Revolution are passionate about our families and our children and we are doing what we can to share our experiences, thoughts and ideas on how you can be a Revolutionary Dad.

I was on my way to work today and I saw a billboard that I see every day, one of a HUGE Big Mac from McDonalds and it made me start to think about fatherhood. Now don’t get the wrong idea, I was not hungry and I do not spend much time even frequenting McDonalds, but instead, I was thinking about the concept of supersizing oneself.

Now how the heck do you supersize yourself? Well, when I talk about supersizing yourself, I am referring to the idea that as a father you need to be larger than life. You need to go above and beyond to be there for your children and also your wife. You cannot simply sit back and be the equivalent of a kiddy meal. Instead you need to be the X-Large Dad that your family can be proud of.

By now you may be saying, this Dad of Divas guy has fallen off his rocker (or he is really hungry). But I would retort that no, I truly believe that all of us have it within ourselves to be extraordinary in our own ways. I can think back t a father that I know that was working with his daughter on her pinewood derby car. He knew that he would not be able to be at the actual race because of work, so he did tremendous research to find out how to make the perfect car for his daughter. So hand-in-hand they worked together and low and behold, she ended up winning the pinewood derby race.

So all-in-all, I am writing today to challenge all of you to step forth on a path to supersize yourself (now don’t start over-eating…that’s not that I want). Do something extraordinary to make you stand out to your family and your kids and come back here and talk about it. Become a part of the Revolution and let us know how you are doing it!

It is time for the revolution to start! It is time for you and I to take a stand to make fatherhood mean more and to stand out. Be a hero to your family and kids and join us in being Revolutionary! We look forward to having you stand with us.

Viva La Revolution – Punch and Pie will be served

Hi I’m Adam Cohen aka DaDa Rocks and I’ll be your cruise director.  I’ve always wanted to write it and think that this will be a good time to introduce the humor that will be inline with the posts I publish on DadRevolution.  The revolution is not just a movement but its also a state of mind. This new mindset is so clearly seen in the eyes of tired new dads, its the idea that I’m over my old life and this new life will involve this amazing new child.

I’ve always been a fan of kids… I’ve been camp counselors, tutors, babysitters, so when it was time to start planning with my wife the life that our child will lead I was dancing on the ceiling.  Its been a dream of mine to build a better fatherhood community, I feel there is giant lack of community activities availbility for dads… we’ve all grown up hearing about mommy and me classes, its only very recently that I heard the phrase daddy and me. I think it talks to the changing roles/dynamics of the cultures in which we live. There used to be no other role for a father but to go to work and come home and be the provider, now we have come to a point where there are stay at home dads, work at home dads, and some parts of our culture require two family incomes in order to survive.

I’m a big believer in community as I talked about there is support, there is unity, there is a common thread we all share… This shared experiences makes us a community.  The question is how to form the community while in some neighborhoods that will be meeting up in other communities it’ll be done in an online experience. I thinks been the best part of the internet for me is finding similar/like minded people across the country (if not the world).

In the end I hope our revolution will transcend the virtual space and be we will one day be able to serve punch and pie at a meetup.

Revolutionaries across borders

Being a dad has reshaped my life more than I would have ever known but I do love being a dad and I have come a long way to get here. Lessons had to be learned and relearned. I hope the thoughts and experiences that I will be contributing here will help inspire you to be the inspiration for your child.

It is my unique pleasure to be participating in Dad Revolution from the Caribbean, more specifically, the country of Belize.  You may know me as Squirt’s Dad on Twitter.  I grew up in Southern California but am now living in my home country—where life moves at a slower pace and the people are friendly.  I believe I am the only dad in the roster that is not in the U.S. and perhaps that will allow me to provide a different perspective and insight on being a dad.

4130564615_f8a20acd77_m My journey to this day began in 2007 when I became a first time dad.  Looking back, if there is one thing I can say about fatherhood is that it is tough, especially in the beginning.  I had no idea what I was in store for and I had no idea what I was doing.  But, from the time I changed my son’s very first diaper—with Grandma’s supervision of course—I’ve never looked back.  That first year of fatherhood was a blessing and an adventure as much as it was a blur.  It was only until late in 2008 that I discovered blogging when I was looking for an ideal way to document the memories and life of my young son.  That was when I started my personal blog, Daddy’s lil’ Squirt, which initially was just for friends and family.  When my wife was pregnant I told her that all I wanted was for Squirt to reach the age where he would be able to walk, run, play, laugh and talk with me.  He is now three years old and I am living that dream.  We go everywhere together and I’ve spent almost every single day off with him since he was born.  I am not a stay-at-home-dad but I am a full-time-dad.

In January 2010 I started a side project for my son called, Wisdom For My Son, where I am building a life time of advice and guy wisdom for my son from the experiences of my own life.

4407082861_586375afbf_m At the age Squirt is now, he is very impressionable so I am constantly reminding myself to set the example for him.  I still remember the day I taught him how to drink from a straw in a glass like me.  That was the first time he understood what I was explaining and trying to teach him.  We’ve learned a lot together since that day. These days I am enjoying and rediscovering it all over again with my son.  Whether we’re being couch potatoes, learning how to pee standing up, drinking the leftover milk straight from the bowl, fixing the truck or learning to ride a bicycle, we do it together as much as possible and it’s made us a very close, inseparable pair.  I wouldn’t have it any other way and I believe that is the way it should be.  Dad Revolution is the voice of dads like myself, that choose to be there for their sons and daughters and not just a distant male figure of yesteryear.

Being a dad has reshaped my life more than I would have ever known but I do love being a dad and I have come a long way to get here.  Lessons had to be learned and relearned.  I hope the thoughts and experiences that I will be contributing here will help inspire you to be the inspiration for your child.

Until next time…