Hi, and welcome to DADULAR SCIENCE. I’m Thom Nezbeda, the Founder and Editor-in-Chief. I’m also a freelance writer, consultant, veteran, husband, and—most importantly—a dad.
Which is pretty hilarious, because if you had told me three years ago that I’d be running a website for dads, let alone be married with kids, I would’ve laughed in your face (and then promptly turned and run the other way as fast as possible). But as luck would have it, I fell in love with a good friend of mine and her two beautiful kids and the rest, as they say, is history.
I started DADSCI a few months after getting married. At the time, I was scrambling to come up with a steady stream of thought-provoking, interesting, educational activities for my kids that would get them more interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). But as I got deeper into being a dad and remembered the lessons I learned while helping to raise, mentor and train other people’s kids over the course of my military career, I knew my kids needed much more than an acronym to make them successful adults.
Sure, academics are important, but without the other critical life skills that so many kids aren’t learning (and their dads aren’t teaching) these days, good grades are only going to get them so far. It’s the other stuff—the hard and soft skills they need to navigate an increasingly tumultuous and rapidly changing world—that are really going to prepare them to be successful, contributing members of society. And it’s our jobs as dads to make sure they learn those skills.
So think of DADSCI as an online tree fort/workshop/laboratory/library for dads who want to build better kids by playing an active, conscientious, wholehearted role in their lives, but might not otherwise know how. We all need a bit of help every now and then, so DADSCI is here to give you the low down on the people, projects, products, places, and initiatives and other subject matter to help you become the best dad and man you can be and, in turn, build better kids.