I want DadCAMP to be an answer to Mommy Blogging trend that seems to have swept the web. Guys write blogs too, sure ours are usually focussed on games or gear, but there are men out there who are just as passionate about their kids as Dooce or the sisters in BlogHer.
Around Father’s Day I was profiled, along with other dads, in the Vancouver Sun. This is a little bit about me and my family.
“By the time I was 35, I had resigned myself to not having children of my own,” said Bishop.
“I am pretty selfish. When I saw how other people were with their children, it was pretty intimidating.”
Before becoming a dad, Bishop was plugged in all the time. It wasn’t just his job. It was what he loved to do — and it gave his life meaning.
Now there is something else that gives his life meaning — a two-year-old named Zacharie, his son with fiance Jen Cybak.
“I’m number 2 now,” he says with a laugh.
The turnaround for Bishop came the instant Zacharie was born. “It’s like a switch that just flicks on inside you.”
He’s pretty much given up golf. He squeezes culture and information binges into Zacharie’s nap times when he’s on a “daddy day,” and on Friday nights he’s more likely to be “parked in the kiddie pool in the backyard” than out on the town.
He appreciates the societal changes that have made hands-on parenting part of the deal for dads. “Everybody has to be the mother and the father in these dual working households.”
Fatherhood, for Bishop, has been a journey of rediscovering and reliving childhood.
“So many things you take for granted; a water fountain, a dog running, a bursting yellow flower. To experience the world with someone discovering it for the first time — it’s a chance to reset the odometer,” he said.
As for Zacharie, he’s also discovering the world through his dad’s eyes — and that makes him a pretty plugged-in kid. He Twitters, loves YouTube and has his own Facebook page.
He also loves to grocery shop with his dad on Saturday mornings while his mom sleeps in.
“It’s been awesome,” said Bishop. “I was thrilled to have my life change.”
That’s why I’m here, why are you here?