This is the introductory post of The Attached Abba! I thought I would start with some basics about I ended up here, starting a dad-blog. I also want to take this space to talk about the direction that this blog will take, especially over the next few days. Since this blog is so new, the first days will be filled quickly with posts about the parenting up until this point, but then I will slow down on posting to maybe once a week. This is not some professional blog by a professional blogger, this is just a dad sitting at his computer typing the internal monologue in his head. It should read like I'm speaking to you, to make this a conversation.
That is really the main point, to have conversation. While this isn't a dads only blog, dads are absolutely my target audience. As I became more involved with what it means to be a parent in the digital age, I realized that places for dads are few and far between. I have found some communities and support with my dad icons, That Dad Mat and NaturallyDad, but I wanted something to call my own. I encourage comments, feedback, requests to guest-post, everything dad related. It is time that we make our dad voices heard, especially as dads are more than just the disciplinarian and bread winner.
Becoming a parent has changed the way I view and interact with the world. While I hate the word feminist (a post for another time), I have definitely become one. Parenting has made me more progressive, a stronger advocate for social justice, and has really made me take long hard look at myself and my fundamental values. It comes down to two questions, "What does it mean to be a man?" and "How can I be the best role model for my kids?" I don't know that I have the answer to either of those questions, but I can only hope that by sharing my experiences that it will not only help me find clarity, but it will bring together dads asking the same questions.
So, the focus of this blog will be my parenting experiences, commentary on social justice as it relates to parenting, and how I have been actively redefining what it means to be a man. I want this blog to grow beyond those topics, as there are some very difficult conversations which are often had in whispers and behind closed doors. Hopefully, this blog will venture into those controversial areas and promote authentic and respectful dialogue.
The Attached Abba
I'm Matt a.k.a. The Attached Abba (Abba = Hebrew for Dad). This blog is detailing my journey in parenthood, and will hopefully provide a space for other dads to find support and insight.