Friday, January 4, 2008

About "How to be a Badass Dad"

This blog is built on the assumption that there are fathers out there who want to strive for excellence in parenting. Likewise there are mothers who want to help their husbands or partners to realize the full potential of fatherhood. While I don't pretend to have all the answers, I'm giving all I can towards a process of introspection and reflection on what it means to be a father, how my dad helped me, and ways that we can improve the lives of our families.

"How to be a Badass Dad" is a blog dedicated to the collective learning community of new fathers, such as myself, in our quest to be engaged parents. Too often today the father figure is absent or severely lacking from our lives and in the media. But Fatherhood can and should be so much more.

Through a careful examination of the properties of fatherhood, we will explore the ways in which we can benefit the lives of our children in more ways than simply that of a breadwinner. The division of responsibility in the family shouldn't be relegated to simple notions of worker and childrearing. Instead, we must recognize that our influence is stronger than just the times that we feel we are playing the role of father--they are constant and everlasting.

Further, this blog hopes to chronicle the approach to a more simple, green lifestyle. In order to be a proper nurturer of family, I believe it is the responsibility of the father to recognize the influences of the media-driven consumer society on our children. Much of my current struggle as a badass dad will have to do with this attempted escape from the consumer lifestyle, so that my children will have an easier time choosing the roles they want to play in the world.

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