Another Featured Friday in the books, but this one we’re mixing it up…we’ve got an inspiring dad that is working to serve other stay-at-home parents in St.Louis.
Craig Mannion met up with me for a play date the other day and while my little guy tried to keep up with his sweet four year old son, we talked about raising kids, being a stay-at-home parent and St. Louis favorites. I spend so much time thinking about serving moms that I can forget how many dads there are in need of resources and services as well. Every stay-at-home parent can feel lonely and out on an island, but it is especially the case with dads as they can have a hard time being accepted by or connecting with the moms they meet.
There is actually a great dads group in St. Louis (and maybe one in your community too) and Craig enjoyed meeting with them, but found he didn’t want to be so exclusive. What he really was looking for was just a group of other parents that he could enjoy venturing around the city with. So he decided to start his own Meet Up group and find fun family activities that everyone could enjoy together.
I love that he saw a need and decided he could do something about it, so often we want something to be different but don’t take action. I could see how much he enjoyed the opportunity to be with his son all day and wanted to serve other families by making their days more enjoyable as well. And that’s why he’s our Feature Friday!
If you want to join a playdate with Craig and his group, you can join HERE!
Make sure to join him at his favorite story time too – Town and Country Whole Foods Mondays at 10a.
Here’s the rest of the interview:
What made you want to organize your Meet Up?
Being a stay at home dad.
What excites you the most about your work?
Meeting new parents and visiting exciting, family friendly venues in St. Louis. Providing resources for stay at home parents
What is your biggest challenge?
Getting more people to participate.
Tell us about your family
We married later in life and had always talked about having children, but never thought we would have to design and implement a plan for creating a family. My wife and I have been married for eight wonderful years, and have been in St. Louis for almost twenty years. We both were born and raised in different states, however our interests and views are very similar. Knowing that my wife and I have thalassemia minor, an ethnic and genetic blood trait, not experiencing health problems personally, we knew we could potentially harm our offspring. We learned that natural birth would statistically show a greater risk for potential complications. The odds were not in our favor, so we tried in vitro fertilization a couple of times, but painstakingly were unsuccessful. Our last option and last resort was to adopt and what would be the harm in that, after all my sister and I were adopted. So after an exhaustive, two year process, we decided to adopt. Now we have a son who is four years old and we couldn’t imagine our lives any other way. Now I know, that sometimes in life, even if our path may seem misdirected and misguided, the plan was always laid out.
If you could pick anything, what would your super power be?
What one piece of advice do you have either for a mom that needs your service or someone that wants to start doing what you are doing?
To really get to know other stay at home parents and understand their challenges and struggles. I would offer more health and wellness resources and smaller, inexpensive (FREE) venues, in hopes to get more regular small group attendance. BE PATIENT, STAY CALM, AND HAVE FUN!!!
Thanks so much to our first Dad Feature Friday, Craig Mannion. Again you can meet up with him and his group HERE
Do you want to be featured or know someone who should be? Email me to tell me why!