Frequently Asked Questions.
Q: Dad Guild? What is the point?
To connect dads with one another, build a supportive community, and model positive, engaged fathers for our children.
Q: Ummm...this kinda sounds like a fancy way for dads to get out of the house and drink beer.
First off, that's not a question. But I'll elaborate on your comment anyways. Most people probably don't have to think too hard to picture that stereotypical image of a dad, disconnected from his family duties, chugging beers while bowling. Dad Guild is not that. Dad Guild provides opportunities for dads to connect with one another, in person or online, with or without children, with or without partners. One of our goals is to have a wide range of activities that meet a variety of different needs. Some of these events do involve beer, but certainly most of them do not. Dad Guild is aware that some folks struggle with addiction, and want to ensure there is a balance of healthy activities that we offer. That being said, talking about fatherhood over a drink is fun, and there will be opportunities to do so.
Q: What kind of stuff does Dad Guild currently do?
Currently, Dad Guild offers monthly events that include playgroups at playgrounds and coffee shops, dads' nights' out at bars and climbing gyms, and other family activities. There are also shared resources spreadsheets, so folks don't have to go out and buy a ladder when they need one for 10 minutes. And the Dad Guild Burlington Facebook group serves as a venue for local dads to ask questions, organize activities, and connect with one another.
Q: That doesn't sound like a whole lot. Why isn't there more?
I have a 3 year-old and a 10 month-old. I'm lucky if I get a shower in every 4th day. So grab a pair of scissors and cut me some slack. We're getting there.
Q: What kinds of things do you see Dad Guild doing in the future?
Oh boy. A lot. Dad Guild wants to be a resource for all dads in the community, regardless of a child's age. Here are some hopes for the future:
- Supportive, trusting, vulnerable support groups for dads to share their experiences with one another
- Meal planning & meal sharing
- Online forums
- Community fundraisers for local nonprofits
- Creating a large, strong presence of dads in the community that can serve as an ally and advocate for others
- Trainings and workshops for new dads
- Connecting experienced dads with newer ones
- Clothes swaps
- Toy exchanges
- A library of shared community resources, such as books, tools, and kitchen gadgets (we don't all really need a stand-up mixer, do we?)
- Facilitating groups for young men in local schools, exploring what it really means to be a man
- Comedy nights at local establishments
- Story telling events
Q: So, technically speaking, I'm not actually a dad. But your group sounds pretty cool...am I welcome?
Of course. Dad Guild does not discriminate. We are welcoming of all people, regardless of sex, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, pet preference, whether or not you have a kid, etc. Anyone who is interested in the topic of fatherhood is encouraged to join.
Q: I'm interested in joining Dad Guild. What are my next steps? How much does it cost?
Free 99. Free fifty. However you want to say it...it's 100% free. Just sign up for the e-mail list, and/or join the Dad Guild Burlington Facebook group. Either one will get you access to everything you need to know.
Q: What if I want to see a specific type of event? Like, underwater roller blading?
Then tell me! Everyone is welcomed (and encouraged) to offer activities and events they want to see. If you have a cool idea, just send me an e-mail and we'll make things happen. Unless it is underwater roller blading. That's just a bad idea.
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Q: Your website has some mistakes. Don't you know how to make a webpage?
No, I don't. If you see a typo, broken link, or have an idea of how something could be worded differently, please e-mail me. I love feedback, and welcome yours.