Expert Perspectives: The Truth About Fathers from the Founders of the NYC Dads’ Group

The founders of the NYC Dads’ Group reflect on what they’ve learned from their members. Powerful stuff.

If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time, you know I am a huge fan of the NYC Dads’ Group, a network of about 900 dads in and around NYC. The group hosts “new dad boot camps” and frequent social activities- providing many opportunities for dads to support and learn from each other.

Founders Matt Scheider and Lance Sommerfield recently wrote a great piece in NY Parent magazine reflecting on five things they learned about dads through their involvement with the group. Click on the picture below for the full story.

A screencap of Matt Schneider and Lance Sommerfield's article in NY Family magazine
A screencap of Matt Schneider and Lance Sommerfield’s article in NY Family magazine

Their five truths:

  1. Dads are perfectly capable of being great parents, when given a chance
  2. Dads love to talk about parenting and give/get advice- if they have a safe environment to do so
  3. Dads want success both as parents and in their careers
  4. Dads want to be full co-parents and are great team-mates, when given the chance
  5. Dads all have different parenting styles and there is no one best way to be a great dad

This list highlights the importance of recognizing dads’ work-family issues and supporting dads in their roles as fully involved parents. I couldn’t agree more, and am very glad to see more and more people recognize these truths.

What do you think about Matt and Lance’s article and five observations? Your role as a parent? Let’s discuss in the comments section.

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3 thoughts on “Expert Perspectives: The Truth About Fathers from the Founders of the NYC Dads’ Group

  1. Although I’m several thousand miles away on the other side of the pond, I still stay in touch with the blog posts and podcasts of the NYC Dads group. Their podcast is definitely one of my favourite dad podcasts and I love the way they are such great advocates for dads and support them in being parents.

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