Discovering what it means to be a dad.
Helping men become better dads & husbands.
|The Nordquist Blog
Brett is one of the most underrated Daddy bloggers on the planet. Sincere and eloquent, he chronicles fatherhood in a way that few can.
Funny, irreverent, and always helpful. Videos, podcasts, and blog articles about being a dad.
Another blog collective started by Chris Brogan.
The only guy I know who is more involved with BlogHer than most women.
One of the most widely read dad blogs out there, he really knows financial matters.
|Dad Gone Mad
A little big intimidating? To be sure. Cares about his kids? You bet.
|The Father Life
A magazine containing a mix of original content and some of the best from different father related websites. I should know, you might find some of my work there if you look hard enough!
Stay at home dad expert, convention organizer, and all around good guy.
|Mommy Daddy Blog
An eclectic mix of parenting advice, personal accounts, and reviews of interesting products.
Cheeky, irreverent, and a little crass, Dadcentric tells it how it is with no fear.
Raise your hand if you’re a tech geek. DigitalDad satisfies the need for gadgets in all of us.
|DC Urban Dad
Another great dad blog by another great dad!
Fathering advocate, radio host, and speaker.
|Evolution of Dad Project
An ongoing film project detailing how the role of Dads has changed in our modern society. Donate to his project!
|D is for Dad
The single most complete resource on the web, and an advocacy group for making sure kids grow up with involved fathers in the home. You won’t find a lot of opinions on this site, but well researched information on social problems and how men can help.
An advocacy group for Dads centered on Catholic principles. Read articles, find local help, and listen to their radio show.
|Alltop Dads Page
Alltop is a brilliant website that aggregates the best the web has to offer all over the internet. The dads section has real time updates from the top Dad blogs around the internet.
The US Government’s website promoting the health, social and economic benefits of having fathers fully engaged in their children’s lives.
When your job interferes with your marriage it causes all sorts of problems. You know what I’m talking about. Too much time at work, thinking and talking about work when you are at home, and getting upset over things at home because of work stress.
With entrepreneurs, this stress is even worse. The weight of your company is on your shoulders. Every decision counts, and you don’t get to quit at the end of the day and let other people make the important decisions. Do you work from home? If you do, good luck separating your personal and professional life. It’s even tougher. Your children walk into your office, your spouse asks if you can take a moment to discuss something just when you are getting some steam rolling on a project.
Here are a few things that I do that help me keep the work stress away from my marriage: [Read more…]
OK, so in my first post I kind of introduced myself as a husband and a dad of three beautiful little girls trying to find a way to quit my full time job to pursue my dreams of running my own marketing business.
So I’m very excited to be writing for Sparkplugging.com and thrilled to share my thoughts with you over the next few weeks but first I’d like to introduce myself, OK?
First off, I’m very happily married to a wonderful woman, Michelle. Michelle and I just recently got married in a very private ceremony on the beach in Avalon, NJ this past September.
With a trip to Disney World on the horizon, I have been giving some thought to the need (okay, desire) to bring along my laptop and Blackberry so I can stay connected to work as well as my blogs. Earlier on in the planning for our vacation, my wife had commented that she would not be happy if I was spending our vacation connected to the Interweb.
While I agree with her, I do think there is some validity to having access to work. Is it possible that taking your work with you on vacation helps your work life balance?
Before you cast this idea off as rationale (an excuse) to stay connected to your Crackberry, as my wife likes to call it, give it some thought.
The last time that you took a vacation, what was waiting for you when you returned to the office?
If your work is anything like mine, you likely had a stack of issues on your desk that needed immediate attention. In an effort to dig your way out of the backlog of work, you end up working overtime – thus defeating the original intent of getting away for a vacation.
Wouldn’t it be better to spend 5 or 10 minutes of otherwise down time on your vacation dealing with some of those issues?
It sounds good to me.
Obviously, one needs to be careful as technology can hurt your work life balance just as easily as it can help. However, with proper moderation, you might find yourself returning from vacation knowing that there aren’t any fires waiting to be extinguished at the office.
So, while I plan to pack my laptop and Blackberry for my upcoming vacation, I will be limiting their usage such that it does not take away from our family time.
There will be no need to log in to write blog posts, as I am working on lining up guest authors. There will be no need to log in to moderate comments, as this time I am not running a contest during my vacation (I recommend avoiding that).
When the family has crashed for the night, I don’t see anything wrong with answering a few email messages. When the kids are riding Space Mountain for the 44th consecutive time and I am trying to hold down lunch, I don’t see anything wrong with returning a few phone calls.
What do you think – should you take work on vacation or let it pile up until you return?
When discussing the pros and cons of telecommuting, one of the tangible benefits is the cost savings of working at home.
With fuel prices reaching new highs, more and more people are striving to work from home and many claim they would even be willing to take a pay cut to telecommute.
But how much can you really save by telecommuting?
There are a variety of factors that will influence how much you can personally save by telecommuting but I thought it would be interesting to use my current situation as an example.
The first thing we need to do is look at how much it costs to commute each day. For now we will only be looking at the immediate costs of commuting such as fuel and tolls. Other costs to consider are the wear and tear on your vehicle, such as replacing tires and routine oil changes.
My cost to commute to work each day breaks down as follows:
- Distance: 130 mile round trip commute
- Fuel Economy: 31.5 miles per gallon
- Fuel Consumption: 4.13 gallons per day
- Fuel Cost: $4.23 per gallon (price paid this morning)
- Tolls: $2.50 per day (six tolls, thank you Illinois Tollway Authority)
- Total Cost: $19.97 per day
At a cost of $19.97 per day, commuting to work is not cheap and adds up quickly – $99.85 per week or $4992.50 per year assuming a 50-week working year.
In order to get a flavor for how much we can actually save by working from home, lets assume that we are able to telecommute only one day per week. Using our 50-week assumption, we can save $998.50 over the course of a year just by telecommuting once each week.
How much would that translate to if we saved that money?
After punching a few numbers into a financial calculator, we see that saving $998.50 per year could result in a nest egg of approximately $35,000 after 30 years assuming a somewhat conservative (historically) 6.00% savings rate.
Telecommute two days per week…$70,155 in savings!
Telecommute five days per week…$175,387 in savings!
When you bump the savings rate up to a slightly more aggressive 8.00% you would have over $215,000 in savings if you were to telecommute every day of the week. Add in the savings realized as a result of fewer oil changes and fewer tire purchases and you will soon be pushing $250,000 in savings.
That is a nice chunk of change!
At first glance, taking a pay cut in order to telecommute sounds like a silly idea and you might be wondering whether or not you can afford to take a pay cut.
After running the numbers, can you afford not to take a pay cut?