Raleigh, NC is hosting the 20th annual At-Home Dad Convention. To me, this is the coolest thing. We always hear about stay at-home moms support groups and I think it is great that dads also have some support.
The convention will host dads from all around the world. The event is at Marbles Kids Museum on September 26th and 27th. Dads will participate in panels, social events, and parenting classes.
Being a stay at-home parent is not all sunny skies and rainbows. It can be stressful and tiring. My little sweet pea definitely keeps me on my toes and I would be lying if I said I didn’t get stressed every so often. Everyone needs someone to talk to, to encourage them, and to just listen. It’s great dads have support and a place to voice their concerns.
Let’s dive right in…
OUR current reality:
- We have long nights and days because we are “doing it all”.
- Some of us are working multiple jobs (I salute the Hustlers out there!!!).
- We rarely get a break and at times will feel intense guilt when we do so.
- Many of us have support systems but are sometimes slow to ask for help because we have been doing it ALONE for so long, we have forgotten or refuse to ask for help.
- We are tired and sometimes overwhelmed (a lot of times overwhelmed).
- We worry about our children and if they will turn our well in life. The truth is we want them to EXCEED our current life levels and become GREAT.
- We secretly pray and hope that one day things will change and we won’t be “doing it all” alone forever.
Our TRUE reality:
- We may have made poor choices with…
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Nothing beats spending quality time with family. We escaped to the beach, for my mom’s birthday, and it was wonderful. The weather was amazing and the kids has a blast.
We stayed at the Beach Cove Hotel at North Myrtle Beach. The hotel was nice but the room was a lot smaller than it looked online. Our room was on the 15th floor and the view was amazing. I swear I could have stayed on the balcony all night. It has multiple outdoor pools plus an indoor pool. The kids loved the lazy river. There is also a Tiki Bar and snack bar.
Friday night, we took the kids down to Broadway at the Beach for some shopping and dancing. The next day, we ate at the Giant Crab seafood buffet. They had just about anything you could think of and all you can eat crab legs for $30. It was well worth the money.
Although we only stayed two day, it was great spending time with family and watching the kids enjoy themselves. With all the stress from the last six months, we all needed a getaway.
I shall preface this by saying that I had unrealistically high expectations of Knysna. I had heard so many amazing things about the place that I thought it would be the highlight of my trip. Knysna is certainly a beautiful town, but it is the sort of place where you would probably spend 2-3 days and be ready to move on. That being said, the two days I spent there were pretty great, and if you are a seafood lover then you would arrive and think you had gone to heaven!
Knysna is a coastal town with around 52,000 inhabitants. The area is famous for it’s beautiful Knysna heads, which are two beautiful headlands (one populated with gorgeous homes and one protected as a nature reserve) that flank the Knysna lagoon. The lagoon is notorious for it’s high number of past shipwrecks due to the fast changing weather and dangerous…
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