I left the 2014 Dad 2.0 Summit in New Orleans carrying an extra pound from all those beignets, a new pair of jeans and an appreciation for the wisdom of my fellow fathers.
We’ve been told for some time now that Mommy knows best, and while I trust my bride implicitly fathers have just as much wisdom to share on raising kids.
Don’t believe me? Consider the following nuggets gleaned during my two days at the Dad 2.0 Summit.
- “You can’t stretch a clock. We’re all screwed,” Andy Herald of HowToBeADad.com fame on the “Welcome to the Juggle: Fatherhood, Multitasking and Work-Life Balance” panel (hashtag: #hashtag jokes)
- “‘I’m happy for you’ … not, ‘I’m proud of you. I’m always proud of you,’” saysBeckett’s Granddad, on how he would answer a child who won something special.
- “Nothing is tweetable at two in the morning that’s ever good,” Peter Shankman, a keynote speaker and new father whose latest book is Nice Companies Finish First.
- “Women long ago discovered you can’t have it all. We’re learning that now,” Parents.com executive editor Michael Kress on the “Welcome to the Juggle: Fatherhood, Multitasking and Work-Life Balance” panel.
- “I’d hire her,” on the disgraced PR rep whose tasteless tweet about Africa and AIDS cost her her job. “I guarantee she’ll never make another mistake,” Peter Shankman.
- “If you talk about it enough, the weirdness goes away,” “Parenthood” show runner Jason Katims on the impact of having a stay at home dad character featured on his long-running show.
I’m sure I missed plenty of other bits of wisdom, but these are the ones that landed safely on my notepad. What say you, fellow Dad 2.0 attendees? What did you hear at the summit that left a lasting impression?