Parenting has forever been the mums domain, but there’s been something about 2018 that makes me feel as though there’s been a few changes to the entire parenting game.
I have no stats to back this up I’m basing my opinions purely from what I see and feel across social media and the media in general. It feels like there’s been a real breakthrough for dads in 2018.
Back in 2016 when I started blogging there weren’t many dads online sharing their parenting journey, the parenting space was hugely dominated by mum bloggers. Over 2017 a few more dads started jumping in and having a go at the old dad blogging game and a community of online dads started to grow.
This year, 2018, it feels like Instagram has then added the Insta dads to the dad bloggers and together it’s all kinda blown up. There’s dads everywhere now, sharing their wins and woes of parenting and I think it’s great. I can only speak based on the areas online I circulate, but there’s definitely been a huge rise in the number of dads becoming more actively involved in spreading their parenting story.
Forever parenting has been aimed massively towards mums, lots of support, info and a huge community of online mums. Being a dad you can often become stuck on exactly what and how other dads are doing things and it can be difficult to find just a little reassurance that Gary down the road is finding the same things as you just as hard. It’s nice to be able to talk to Rob down south who’s having the same feelings you are and Rick from Swansea is an emotional wreck since becoming a dad too and guess what, it’s normal!
See, it feels like mums have had that kind of support and insight for a while but it’s only recently us dads have decided it’s good to talk, share and help other dads too. I’m not saying there aren’t mums that still struggle or that the emergence of the InstaDad has solved parenting for men, but the fact more and more parents, men and women are sharing and communicating online is a huge deal. More and more men and dads are taking a leaf out of the women’s book and putting themselves out there, what they’re thinking, feeling and doing in general day to day.
I think 2018 has been a huge leap forward for dads, especially in terms of the support network that’s building right in front of our eyes. Having access to several other dads to talk to about anything that’s occupying your mind, to bounce tips and ideas off each other and to in general know that you’re not in this alone.
Looking from another perspective as I’m a dad blogger myself, I really think in 2018 dads have become increasingly important within the blogger/influencer industry. I think a dads voice is both requested and listened to much more than previous years. I genuinely believe that 2019 will be an even bigger year for online dads. The online dad community is now established, there’s loads of groups and support available and the dad voice has become much louder over 2018.
In 2019 I can see more and more dads really taking advantage of the parent blogger scene and I’m genuinely excited about it. I’m not meaning this in a mums against dads kind of way, I think there’s more than enough room for everyone, I’m just happy to see more and more dads achieving their own successes.
I’d love to know what you think…
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