Why Many Men are Lonely
It’s funny how there are thousands of online resources for mothers to connect with other moms, but few online resources for fathers to connect with other dads. Fathers can be just as active as mothers, like being a part of activities, playdates, school tasks, and sports games. On the other hand, moms may be hard at work, as many women have chosen to pursue both career success and family life. With one or both parents working, many men have had to step into what was previously seen as the motherly role.
Recent studies have shown that the number of stay-at-home dads taking care of their children has risen by 50% since 1984. Stats also show that since 2018, the number of full-time custodial fathers has risen by 22%, and dads sharing custody has equally risen by over 17% after a separation or divorce, indicating a significant shift from the past. It’s a fact that dads need connection and to be able to bond with other fathers. Dads’ mental health is important, too. When dad is able to socialize and feel happy, the entire family also feels happier and less anxious. Children look to their fathers for support and encouragement, and depressed dads make sad children. Sad children make future sad adults. With mental health concerns on the rise, we need happy adults. In this post, I list some tips to help dads connect online and offline. Dads can meet other dads online through various platforms, communities, and squads specifically designed for connecting fathers.
Here are several ways for dads to connect:
Join Online Parenting Forums
Look for forums or online communities that cater to dads. These platforms often have dedicated sections or threads where dads can connect, share experiences, and seek advice.
Social Communities Online
Explore platforms like Facebook groups, Discord, Reddit, Meetup, or Spinnr for groups focused on fatherhood. Joining these groups allows fathers and men to interact with other fathers, share stories, and participate in discussions.
Parenting Websites and Blogs
Many parenting websites and blogs have forums or comment sections where dads can engage with each other. Participating in discussions or leaving comments on relevant articles can help initiate conversations with other dads.
Attend Virtual Events
Look for virtual events or webinars specifically aimed at dads. These events provide opportunities to connect with other fathers, learn from experts, and engage in discussions on various parenting topics.
Parenting and Strictly Friendship Apps
Some mobile applications are designed to connect parents, including dads. These apps often have chat rooms, forums, groups, squad communities, or even local meetup options to facilitate connections between dads.
Volunteer at School or Sport Events
This provides time with your children and also with other local parents in the community. Also, kids love seeing you at the game!
Remember to prioritize online safety and be cautious while sharing personal information. It’s always a good idea to verify the credibility of the platforms and communities you join to ensure a positive and secure experience.