There are multiple online communities and platforms for mothers. Although many also allow dads to participate, most of the information and conversation is very mother-centric. Papasophy is father-centric. With a multi-channel approach, I like to get fellow dads more involved in their kids' lives.
Share the joy
To share the joy of fatherhood, I have created an Instagram account that does just that. Quotes, pictures, stories about the joy of being a dad. That' what this channel is about. With the hashtag #papasophy, other dads can join in the fun. Which, by the way, many are doing on platforms like instagram. Other (social media) channels could also be used additionally.
Get the info
What is happening with the development of your child? How is it growing pre and post birth. What are the challenges? How can you get them to eat healthy and all they need. How do you spot illnesses?
All these questions and more are relatively universal. There's plenty of information on these topics available, but where do you find it?
Then there's the more local information: where do you go for check-ups, what vaccination programs are there, how do you deal with school and day care, what cool things can you do with your kids near you?
This information will also be made available.
For this, I imagine a website and/or an app, and in addition an email newsletter that provides information on a regular basis, dependent on the development stage of your child and place where you live.
Help this dad out
Support for dads to be or new dads is, as we've learned in the inspiration/research phase, not only much needed, but also a bit underdeveloped. I intend to create an online community where dads can find each other for support. The benefit of an online community, is that you can create groups based on location and on interests or support need. Sometimes you just want to vent; sometimes you rather have support from another single, gay, or whatever dad; sometimes you want to know which local doctor is a good one, or which school is best.
On the other hand, online isn't everything. Modeled after the OpenIDEO chapters, I would love to see local or regional chapters develop, where dads can meet in person, and share joy and challenges and sorrow and tips and much, much more.