Howard Magazine - Page 10 - Fatherly bonds

Howard Magazine
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Fatherly bonds
Howard County Dads builds a support network for like-minded men

After a couple of years of taking his two young sons to library play groups and other events on Saturday mornings and almost always finding himself the only man there, Josh Benson got to wondering. “I was thinking, ‘I know there are other dads doing this stuff, but where are they?’” he says.

More than just wondering, the now-34year-old web developer did what he does best: He launched a blog and web-based community to support and encourage involved local fathers like himself.

“I knew there were Facebook groups for moms, but I searched and searched and couldn’t find any dad ones,” Benson says. “So I said, ‘You know what? I’m making one.’ ”

Benson, who lives in Ellicott City with his wife, Rebecca, and sons Benjamin, 5, and Julian, 4, launched Howard County Dads in January. The organization’s purpose, as described on its website, is to “foster a local support system for fathers by building community to share advice, war stories, happenings and schedule meet-ups.”

Creating Howard County Dads was natural for Benson, given his computer skills, love of community and the fact he wants to be an involved, capable father