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Dudes To Dads Meetup in Encinitas 03.10.15 – Recap

The meetup was hosted at a new location last night. This is the first time I tried the conference room in my office and I think it worked out well. We’ll probably continue at the new location. There were 7 of us for the gathering and for 2 of the Dads it was their first meetup with us. I typically start out with the rules, purpose, etc. so that we can all feel comfortable moving forward. We then go around the room and start the discussion with intros: name, age and names of children, and then something meaningful that has happened within the last 3 weeks (usually since the previous meetup). It’s always great to hear everyone’s input on what is meaningful in their life at the present time. New Dads also provide insight as to what made them come to the meetup and/or what do they want to get out of it.

During the intros, there is usually a situation or two that is brought up and last night was no exception. For the purpose of confidentiality, details of the discussions will not be brought up on the blog, but needless to say, the topics make for great discussion. The point of these discussions is to share experiences and insight with the hopes of helping someone else or helping yourself. When you hear guys providing feedback because they have been through similar things, it is wonderful. This is what the group is about.

One of the topics I brought up was about teaching my kids about money. There is a really cool product called the Moonjar Classic Moneybox: Save, Spend, Share that our family recently purchased. We started using it to teach our kids about saving, sharing, and spending. Now when the kids ask “Can I get XYZ?” it’s very easy to respond with “Well, did you save up enough money to get it?” Also, teaching the kids that sharing (or charity) is just as important as saving is really valuable.

The next Meetup is scheduled for Tuesday, March 31st @ 5:45pm. We look forward to seeing you there.

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