Dads at work
Do you know what dads talk about at work?
I don't think the team I work in is completely unique, I hope it isn't, but the dads in our team love to talk about their children. Two of our dads have young children (4 [girl], 3 [boy] and a baby [girl] combined) and we often hear funny (or sometimes sad) stories about their children. . . the new things they have learnt, places they have been, the new words they are learning, problems they might be having, funny stories etc . . . but most importantly it is very clear that these dads love being a dad and they love their job as "dad".
These dads love talking about their children both between themselves but with the rest of the team and we love to hear the latest stories. Other team members have teenage children and young adults (three are turning 21 this year) and stories are shared about all the joys and dramas of having teenage children.
There is a misconception that once at work we don't think about our children or our homes. Very wrong - it is often our main conversation (when not working) and our dads are right in there discussing their children, the meal they (or their wife) cooked, outings, home activities and the like.
We often talk about what to cook for dinner or the best way of doing something. We share recipes as we all home cook and sometimes share cookbooks and cooking magazines and yes, our dads are all part of these activities.
It would interesting to know if other dads discuss their children at work or do they think these things are private and shouldn't be discussed.