What we're about
If you're a new(ish) dad seeking to build a supportive community of like-minded men, this group is for you. There are many groups for new moms that give them the opportunity to emote, vent, share, listen, learn, and be in the company of other moms, but the same hasn't existed for us dads -- until now.
This is not a group to grab a beer and talk light-heartedly about the hiccups of family life. It's a place to share thoughts and feelings openly and honestly, including the challenges we face as dads: feeling completely exhausted and overwhelmed at times, or like you're turning into your own parents without realizing it, or like your relationship with your wife is being pushed to its limits. It's also a place to talk about the great things: that you love your child so much you find yourself in tears more than you'd ever care to admit, or that you're kinda proud of yourself for learning how to dad better than you ever expected. Whatever your truth is, it's welcome here.
You should join this group if you're interested in a deeper kind of conversation -- self-reflective or emotion-based, or even sociological or philosophical. I want this group to be fun and laid back at times as well, but am specifically seeking to differentiate it from the "dad activity" groups you can find elsewhere on Meetup. This is not a group about things, it's a group about people, specifically dads, and what we share.
The format of the group will be a casual discussion circle. I'll bring some discussion ideas to each gathering and we'll go around and say whatever comes to mind. It'll evolve to be more free-flowing after that, I'm sure. There is no charge or money involved in this group whatsoever, unless there is a need to rent a small meeting space and split the modest cost associated with that. Looking forward to meeting you all, new(ish) dads!