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Welcome to the April Newsletter 

We are 6 months from seeing you in person. The excitement is building. Our planning committee is working hard to get speaker announcements and the schedule out in the upcoming months. If you have not registered to attend please go to https://www.homedadcon.org/ and you can also be a part of this big event. We hope to see you there!! 
Sign up for this month's book giveaway. 
 
This book is written for EVERYONE who lives in this racialized society--including the young person who doesn't know how to speak up to the racist adults in their life, the kid who has lost themself at times trying to fit into the dominant culture, the children who have been harmed (physically and emotionally) because no one stood up for them or they couldn't stand up for themselves, and also for their families, teachers, and administrators.

With this book, be empowered to actively defy racism and xenophobia to create a community (large and small) that truly honors everyone.
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Casey Palmer is a Canadian Dad blogger/influencer living in the Toronto area with his lovely wife and two adorable boys. He is a part of a shortlist of dads compared to the mom bloggers working to get his voice heard by other dads. We are big fans of Casey's writings and viewpoints on fatherhood and his ability to step into the gap and speak out about his blackness as a father. His article from 2020 #BlackDadWorries captures insight into the timely events of the world and how it impacts dads. Casey's influence on his website, podcast, and articles written about him provides dads with a worthwhile perspective to take the time to read and follow as he continues to pursue his top-notch influencer qualities. https://caseypalmer.com/

Hi there, my name is John Counts,
I’ve been a SAHD for 3 years. I went back to work part-time briefly before COVID but it was just the couple days a week my wife had off. My son is 3 and we are expecting our second in October. I plan to still be a SAHD with the second as well. We live on the central coast of California in a town called Los Osos. In the past 5 years, we’ve lived here, the US Virgin Islands (through Hurricane Maria!), Florida, and now we’ve been back in California since July 2020.  

I’m an ocean lover. I love everything about the ocean. My favorite place to be is in, on, or around the ocean. We had been going to the beach regularly then one night we were sitting on the couch and my son Sebastian (we call him Bash) was watching some videos on his phone before we got ready for bed. Out of nowhere he turned to me and said “Daddy, can we go clean up the beach tomorrow?” My first reaction was surprise, then pride. Bash has always been a very kind and empathetic little kid but I don’t know where he got the idea for cleaning up the beach. Excited, I responded, “Of course we can buddy!”

The next morning we went to the store and picked up a trash grabber, and headed off to one of the many beaches around here. We spent the first 30 minutes looking for trash, but this particular beach was fairly clean. We only found a few pieces. I let him know that any trash we pick up is good; every little bit helps.  

Even though we didn’t get a bunch of trash that first day, Bash was still interested in cleaning up the beaches. We made a rule that when we go to the beach we have to pick up at least 10 pieces of trash. It’s like the price of admission for the beach. I chose a beach that I knew needed more clean up, and he immediately started looking for his 10 pieces of trash. He didn’t quit at 10, either. We took breaks to play or throw rocks in the water, but before we left we had a trash bag half full of trash.

Since I love the ocean so much, Bash asking to clean up the beach touched my heart in a way I have never felt before. I have been proud of him for other things, of course. The parenting milestones. But this was a completely different Proud Dad feeling.

I plan to build off of this, and I’m thinking maybe we’ll start a more organized group beach clean up once we can gather again. I want to name it after the kid that started this whole thing, and call it Bash’s Beach Clean-Up. I’ve floated the idea on the Nextdoor app and lots of people are on board. Some of the locals even said he should be nominated for the Citizen of the Year for our area, and I should be nominated for Dad of the Year. That’s all great but to be honest just the idea that my son willingly suggested this on his own, and is excited to do it every time we go to the beach is more than I could ever ask for. Proud is an understatement. It’s my first big ‘Dad win’ and hopefully there will be many more to come.

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