Charlotte, NC, March 20, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- In a recent study the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project found that 85% of respondents agreed that when they look “At the big picture and consider my personal friendships, marriage and other relationships, I see that the internet has mostly been a positive force on my social world. And this will only grow more true in the future.” One new website has looked to enhance and reinvent that social world by initiating conversations for a segment of parents typically ignored by media – dads. Newtraditionaldad.com was launched by Charlotte, NC resident Mike Andrus in early 2014 because, "I looked around to find an environment to support my voice as a primary caregiver to my son and I couldn’t find one." Andrus continues, "There are so many questions I faced as a new single parent, and I had nowhere to turn. I decided to start a web community and radio show that I would be excited to participate in myself."
Since the launch several months ago, hundreds of dads have started conversing on everything from parenting basics to relationship struggles within complicated mixed family dynamics. In one particular instance, a group of dads started talking about how to talk to their kids about peer pressures at school and the demands of extracurricular activities on their “stretched thin lives.” Andrus remarks, "We literally had an Executive Vice-President, a Retail Manager, a General Contractor, and a Christian Pastor chatting about how to give our kids strength to follow their own voice, and strategies to become better organizers of their daily lives. Meanwhile, there were six or seven dads and a mom in a separate thread debating which character of the children’s show, Yo Gabba Gabba would win in a wrestling match."
While there are an abundance of websites for moms, relevant websites from a dad’s perspective are few. As more and more of America’s 64 million dads take a more proactive role in parenting, and more dads choose to stay at home (some estimate 159,000 stay-at-home-dads), websites like Newtraditionaldad.com fulfill an important niche.
"Psychology Today calls it ‘A Reinvented Dad’ What it means to be a dad today has changed – in a great many ways, we are creating new expectations and roles as we go. A great many fathers have already thanked me for giving them a voice. They thought they were alone in this parenting journey, but it turns out there’s a growing population of proactive dads who face the same issues and who want to move beyond previous stereotypes in a positive way," Andrus said.
Notable to Newtraditionaldad.com is its approach to meeting the needs of today’s parents via an online presence coupled with the weekly New Traditional Dad talk radio.