Making the transition to fatherhood can be difficult for many guys. Women seem to have a built-in support system that creates a well-worn path to motherhood. Guys, on the other hand, have a journey and a role mostly neglected by society.
This disconnect has been reflected online as well. But fathers are starting to realize this, and in recent years, men have been working hard to create resources online for other dads, both new to fatherhood and expert diaper changers. In honor of the Modern Media Man Summit happening in less than two weeks, this week’s Friday Five focuses on highlighting some of the best resources for dads around the web.
As C.C. Chapman searched the web in 2009, he noticed that there were few sites writing about being a dad, and the ones writing about men’s topics rarely included content for men who were also parents. As a result, he and some other involved dads started Digital Dads, which strives to be an honest view of what it’s like to be a dad in today’s world. C.C. has been a huge advocate for dads online for some time now. He also recently launched Digital Dads TV, a partnership with the Pulse Network, where he’ll be streaming live discussing all kinds of topics related to being a guy.
The Good Men Project seeks to start a national conversation about what it means to be a good man. Although this online magazine, book and documentary isn’t for dads alone, much of the content focuses on issues to which dads can relate, including a section of the site dedicated to fathers. I’ve had my eye on this project for a while and I love how they are striving to make men out to be more than the media portrays us to be.
Another resource focused on overall manhood as opposed to just fatherhood (although again, they do have family focused content) is The Art of Manliness. The site attempts to provide men with the resources they need to live virtuous lives. Don’t let the name or the moustaches fool you – this site isn’t frivolous or for entertainment only. Brett and Kate McKay, the founders and editors, are serious about helping men recover some of the skills that used to be associated with being a man. I mean, come on – “How to Make a Corn Cob Pipe?” Not your typical guy-related content.
Started by Pete Janelle and Joe Schatz in January 2009, Dad Blogs has been slowly growing into a serious resource for dads to connect with one another online. Although it is a self-described “social networking site primarily for dads and dad bloggers”, Dad Blogs doesn’t discriminate, and has actually seen moms come in to participate in the conversations. Members can contribute blog posts, discuss topics in the forums and network with other dad bloggers.
This last resource is for dads as geeky as I am. Wired magazine’s highly popular blog is for those who are unafraid to pass on a little geek to their children. Covering everything from Comic-Con to games to the latest geeky toys for your little ones to play with, GeekDad takes father/son bonding to the next nerdy level. How often do you get to create your own edible clone trooper army together?