BOSTON - When James Mahaffey, 37, of Boston, had a choice between renewing a contract with an investment company and starting his own media production company, he chose the latter. Part of the reason, he said, was he wanted time to spend with his newborn child.
Mahaffey, a father of two who co-founded a Boston dad's group and teaches classes for new fathers, said men he knows typically cobble together a couple of days of holiday leave or vacation time to take care of their babies.
Requiring companies to give new fathers time off, Mahaffey said, could have "substantial benefits to society as a whole."..
..Mahaffey said he hopes a cultural shift accompanies the new law, in which employers tell employees that it is okay to take the time off.
"One thing you'll have with men and fathers, maybe it's there, but it's unspoken or not really talked about enough that you should really take the time," Mahaffey said.
These four walked away wiser and with free Britax car seats last night. Thanks Britax and Britax Child Passenger Safety Technician Sarah Tilton for the informative and candid conversation about the best practices for transporting our children safely. As a city dad that occasionally uses taxis when traveling with my children I learned quite a bit on how to do so more safely and efficiently. Thank you Little Lovage Club for hosting the Boston Dads Group! It's a great space. #BritaxSafety #CityDads
Does car seat installation frustrate you? Have you ever wondered if your car seat was installed properly? What is the safest way to transport your children in a Taxi cab?
Please join us for a relaxed, informative, and FREE evening workshop for members of the Boston Dads Group, featuring Sarah Tilton, BRITAX Child Passenger Safety Technician.
Expect to walk away as an expert when it comes to your child’s car-seat safety and safely transporting your children in and outside the city. When the learning ends, we hope you’ll stick around and hang out while enjoying a few beverages
Refreshments will be served + Car Seat Giveaways (FOUR Dads will be going home with brand new car seats!)
Social Media Event Hashtag: #BRITAXSafety
Workshop Time: 7:30pm - 8:45pm, Hang out/Beverages to follow until 9pm
Location: Little Lovage Club in the South End. Special thanks to Little Lovage Club (LLC) for hosting this evening discussion and Britax for sponsoring it.
Microsoft is hosting #FitnessDay all over the country and we are invited to celebrate to #FitnessDayBoston at their store in the Prudential Center. Microsoft wants to help us get a head start on our family's health and fitness goals by staying active and fit through various fitness activities and games in the store including the chance to try Kinect and XBox One. Kids are welcome!
Prizes will be given away throughout the day (hint hint, some of them are going to be BIG!)
The fun will be going on from 12PM to 6PM, I will be there around noon if you want to join us and possibly later around 5:00.
We just finished up our second session of Dad & Me at Little Lovage Club and Lovage Babyblends and I'm sad to see it end. This is one of those situations that you never expect to become such an integral part of your weekly routine but it quickly does. It's therapeutic, it's honest, it's laid-back, it's informative and adds perspective to a situation that us dads previously went through alone (in some ways). Technically, I teach the class but I assure you I got just as much out of it as anyone else and I couldn't have asked for a cooler group of guys to hang out with these past few Sundays (hence our decision to continue to meet). Even second timers like me could stand to benefit. So if you know of any dads (and babies) that are looking for some sort of outlet or dedicated dad/baby time, or a mom looking for a few sunday mornings to herself check out the link and register for our next session. http://ow.ly/CHlTO -reporting from the #frontlinesofFatherhood
This June I was invited to participate in the first ever Mass Creative Industries Summit and I'm still building new relationships with fellow creatives here in Massachusetts because of it. Kudos to Creative Economy Industries Director Helen Fruscio for putting together such a truly interactive summit.
"The Sandwich generation is a generation of people who care for their aging parents while supporting their own children."
Thank you to all those who have expressed interest in the upcoming season of dad/men's classes. The fall and winter schedules for "Becoming a Ninja/ Frontlines of Fatherhood Wellness Development (for fathers and men)" as well as our other classes for active dads, infants and toddlers (all taking place here in the South End of Boston) are currently being finalized. Email me directly at email@example.com or subscribe to the blog to be the first to know about the fun journey we'll be taking together.
Gentlemen of the Boston Dads Group, City Dads Group brothers, active dads and notable fathers,
Happy Father's Day.
Thank you for taking the time to occasionally meet up with your fellow dad. The fruit of such important camaraderie stands apparent and our opportunities for fellowship appear to be increasing organically in earnest. That’s no small feat. You can feel the fervor active dads have created.
I salute you all. The day is ours gentlemen.
The Boston Dads Group, Co-Founder
Recently I sat down with Christie Sweeney (Program Director, Parent Connection at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center) to introduce our community of active fathers to the hospital as a possible outlet for new dads in their network. Beth Israel's great and I love'd our experience there two years ago. I remember CJ took advantage of a feature in Parent Connection which pairs new moms with volunteer mentoring moms after the baby is born, plus we took some great classes and the food was great during our stay, and I happen to have been born there myself. ;)
"The Parent Connection is a free service that offers new moms groups in several community locations as well as a mentoring moms service where parents are matched with a trained, volunteer mentor who provides weekly phone call support through the first twelve weeks post-delivery."
Anyhow Beth Israel then did an awesome thing and blogged about our group. It was that blog post, our original conversation and finally a somewhat serendipitous confirmation from CJ that spawned this idea below.
We had just sat down to a screening of the movie Belle which I was pretty excited to take her to. It was only our THIRD movie since the baby and it's the sort of period piece she'd like. The lead is beautiful (I like) and it's based on a true story. So what better way to kick off Mother's Day fun than a midweek flick without the toddler? We arrive early (shocker), take our seats, and after a second trip to the front the popcorn is now adequately salted and buttered to her liking. The lights dim, the chatter decreases and the score fills the theater. Just before it starts CJ lightly exhales and whispers "I just need a break". Well I stand corrected. Don't get me wrong the outing was appreciated but my epiphany was the realization that all she really she needed was some rest, relaxation and time off. Which I totally understand.
Well ask and you shall receive woman. BAM! (Tommy Davidson voice)
So dads listen. You can print these, forward these, email these, text these, or simply make your own. Give her 2 days off, redeemed at her discretion, and maybe even save a little bit of money on that "filler" gift that you sometimes add in just to make sure you've taken care of her adequately on her day of days.
Or mom feel free to nudge dad or point him to these or to print them yourselves. Make it easy.
When you cash in a coupon if you want snap a photo or write an update using #BMDGE to be reposted on Tangible Transmedia's twitter/instagram and/or the Boston Dads Group accounts.
Happy Mother's Day!