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Quest for Dad Balance


“The lone father is not a strong father. Fathering is a difficult and perilous journey and is done well with the help of other men.”

- John L. Hart, Becoming A Father (1998)

This quote from John L. Hart speaks volumes about the struggles that many dads face in their lives as they attempt to find a healthy balance between the demands of their career and their family.

With this site, Dad Balance, I hope to provide a place where dads can come together and find the strength and help of other men to be the best father that they can be and achieve their desired level of dad balance.

Together we will discuss some of the questions and issues facing fathers today, such as:

  • What exactly is work-life balance? Isn’t that just for moms?
  • Can I have a successful career and a happy family?
  • How do I set priorities and define expectations at the office and at home?
  • Are there other dads that have been through this before?

When I first started thinking about the direction to take this site, I stopped by the local library to peruse the books on work-life balance and how that relates to working fathers.

Do you know what I found? Not much!

While there were a handful of books that were right on topic with regard to work-life balance, almost all of them are written for the working mother. Whether it was the working mother’s guide to life or how women can survive in a male-dominated environment, I had a hard time finding a book that mentioned both fathers and work-life balance.

As I stood there at the library, John L. Hart’s quote struck home, as I felt like the lone father that is not very strong.

It was then that I realized that the direction that I hope to take this site is to be a resource and meeting place for dads that are looking to find work-life balance or want to help other dads on their quest for dad balance. If you’re not a dad, I sincerely hope that you will be a part of this quest as well because we have much to learn and share with one another.

Please join me on this journey and share your most pressing concerns regarding the quest for dad balance!

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    On September 11th, 2007 at 9:49 am, lornadoone said:

    I absolutely love that quote. Good luck with this new adventure!

    On September 11th, 2007 at 2:30 pm, Derek Semmler said:

    Thanks Lorna! It is a quote that I really like as many men, including myself at one time, thought that being a great father was a solitary effort.

    On September 12th, 2007 at 1:43 pm, Elizabeth said:

    I look forward to reading this, what a great idea!

    On September 12th, 2007 at 2:01 pm, Genevieve said:

    Great post — will be back to read more.

    On September 12th, 2007 at 2:35 pm, Derek Semmler said:

    @Elizabeth :: Thanks, I hope you find valuable information and feel at home to be a part of the community. Thanks for the mention on your site as well!

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