Dads Behaving DADLY

67 Truths, Tears and Triumphs of Modern Fatherhood

Book Cover

Written By: Hogan & Al - Apr• 16•14

DADS BEHAVING DADLY_front cover_FINALWe are very excited to share the book cover for Dads Behaving DADLY: 67 Truths, Tears and Triumphs of Modern Fatherhood!

Congratulations to DADLY dads Matt Swigart, Tray Chaney, David Kepley and Joseph Fowler for making this the most diverse, interesting book cover ever designed (okay, we are a bit biased).

We recently sent the completed manuscript to the publisher and expect to have their final edits within the next two weeks. After that, it starts printing. And then YOU get to start buying and reading it!



People of Distinction

Written By: Hogan & Al - Mar• 25•14

In January, Al Cole, from CBS Radio, interviewed Hogan Hilling about our Dads Behaving DADLY book project on his syndicated radio show, “People of Distinction.”  Mr. Cole was so touched and inspired by the book’s mission and goals, he invited us to be Committee Members for his “People of Distinction Humanitarian Award.”

PDHAIn addition to representing the Dads Behaving DADLY, book we will also represent the National At-Home Dad Network.

The purpose of the event is to recognize “Unsung Heroes” who are helping our Human Family. The inaugural event held in New York City last year was a huge success.

As part of our involvement with the award, which will be held in New York City again, Mr. Cole will debut a fatherhood category. The purpose is to highlight fatherhood as a vitally important role which is often unrecognized. One of our responsibilities as Committee Members is to nominate a dad for this award. With the extensive network of dads we know, we had many great candidates to consider and a very difficult decision.

jamesKlineFamilyWe are proud to announce today that we nominated James Kline.  James is a DADLY dad of two children and husband to wife, Michele. James is the co–organizer for the Triangle Stay-At-Home Dad group in Raleigh, North Carolina, a community for over 250 at-home fathers.  At last year’s 18th At-Home Dads Convention, James was elected to the Board of the National At-Home Dad Network and helped convince the members to bring the 20th and 21st Annual At-Home Dads Convention to Raleigh, NC in 2015 and 2016.  Please join us in congratulating James Kline!

We will attend the award presentation in New York City scheduled for October or November.  As the nomination of James for “Dad of the Year” moves along, we will provide updates here and other specific details about the event.

In the meantime, we invite all of you to show your support for James and the People of Distinction Humanitarian Awards by liking the People of Distinction Facebook page.



DADLY Stories Still Coming In

Written By: Hogan & Al - Mar• 19•14

DBD  front cover low resThe Dads Behaving DADLY book project is making great progress thanks to all the wonderful dads who have submitted incredible stories.  The final first draft of the book is on schedule for submission to Motivational Press, which we will deliver to the publisher on April 4th.

In the next few weeks we will have some tough decisions.  So many great stories but only enough space in the book for about 60 stories.

We have notified all the dads who have made the first cut so far.  For those of you who would like to submit a story, there is still time before the deadline date of March 31st.  Visit the Submission Guidelines page and follow the instructions.

We also hope to announce some exciting news soon about our collaboration with a “People of Distinction Humanitarian Awards” Event in New York this fall.

Please LIKE us on the Dads Behaving Dadly Facebook page where we post updates about our progress and feature the dads whose stories made the first cut. You can also follow us on Twitter @TheDadGuru and @BehavingDadly.

Keep On Daddying!



Dads Behaving Dadly Project Inks Publishing Deal

Written By: Hogan & Al - Jan• 10•14

We are very excited to announce that we have accepted a contract with Motivational Press to publish the success stories of fatherhood collected through this project into a book tentatively titled “Dads Behaving Dadly: Real Stories of the New Fatherhood Culture.”

The expected release date is Father’s Day 2014.

DBD  front cover low resWe are very grateful to all of those who have submitted stories and supported this book project.

Our work is not complete, however. We only have about half of the stories we need to put together a very strong book. We welcome more story submissions from ALL dads (working, stay-at-home, divorce, single, step, special needs, incarcerated, gay…..). Each dad whose story is chosen for the book will receive a share of 20% of the royalties from the book sales.  We will also donate 10% of the royalties to the National At-Home Dad Network.

If you’d like to submit a story, visit the Submission Guidelines page and follow the instructions.  The deadline is March 31, 2014.




Written By: Hogan & Al - Jan• 08•14

Dads Behaving Dadly Project: Chronicling the Fatherhood Revolution

Welcome to the Dads Behaving Dadly Project! The project’s mission is to write a book which chronicles the real lives of active, engaged fathers in the United States, Canada, England and Australia.

We believe it’s time to not only acknowledge all the good dads and great things they do for their families and community, but to also give dads an opportunity to let their voices be heard.

The major content for the book will consist of stories from dads like you. With your contribution and those of other dads, Dads Behaving Dadly hopes to accomplish the following:

    1. Rebrand the image of fatherhood by highlighting all that is good about dads.
    2. Provide good role models for other dads to follow.
    3. Help the public recognize and appreciate fatherhood.
    4. Acknowledge the benefits of a dad’s presence in a child’s life and respective communities.
    5. Validate a father’s contribution to parenting.

If you agree with the mission and goals of this project, we invite you to turn to the Submission Guidelines Page and follow the instructions on how to submit your story. DEADLINE IS MARCH 31, 2014.

Also, please take a moment to read more about us on the About The Editors Page to find out more about our other efforts at advocacy for fatherhood.

We look forward to reading your story.


Hogan Hilling and Al Watts, Editors
Dads Behaving Dadly: Real Stories of the New Fatherhood Culture



Ben Petrick Endorses Dads Behaving Dadly

Written By: Hogan & Al - Nov• 01•12

We are very excited to announce the endorsement of former Major League Baseball player Ben Petrick to our Dads Behaving Dadly Project!

Ben was a rising star catcher for the Colorado Rockies organization when he started noticing tremors, rigidity and slowness of movement on his left side. After the start of his first full season in the Majors, doctors revealed he had early onset Parkinson’s disease. At 23.

“In an instant, the body which had been my greatest asset, became my greatest liability,” he writes in his book Forty Thousand to One.

He continued to play ball for 3 years with medication and pure grit, but the progression of the disease finally forced him to retire in 2004.

“I only wished for two things in life: to be a pro ball player and to be a father,” he wrote in his book co-written by Scott Brown. “Parkinson’s took one of those. I wasn’t going to let it have both.”

He became a father in 2007 and stayed home with their first baby when his wife went back to work but his condition made it difficult for him to care for her. In 2009 he decided to undergo a risky surgery that could give him enough mobility to be the father he wanted to be. It didn’t work and he thought about giving up. His father, also suffering from Parkinson’s, reminded him that his daughter needed him no matter what he was capable of doing. Ben decided to keep fighting.

A year later, he went through the surgery again and this time it was successful. “I couldn’t wait for the day when (the surgery) worked that I could get up and take care of my little girl,” he said tearily during his interview with ESPN’s E:60 show that aired recently. That day finally came and is the story he shares in our book Dads Behaving Dadly.

Ben’s passion to be the best father he can be is the very soul of our mission. We are humbled by his endorsement and participation in our project. His inspirational story will help rebrand the image of fatherhood.



Dads Behaving Dadly featured on Radio Show

Written By: Hogan & Al - Jul• 10•12

Yesterday, we were the featured guests on Boomer and The Babe Show. It was a great opportunity for us to explain in detail how the Dads Behaving Dadly project came about, why it is important to feature stories about today’s dads and why the book will be a big hit with the public. Please take time to listen to the show here.



Project Enters Next Phase: Find a Publisher

Written By: Hogan & Al - Apr• 16•12

The Dads Behaving Dadly project has far exceeded our expectations already. When we began the project a couple months ago, we hoped we could get enough good stories to make a book. What we have received are phenomenal stories that give us an excellent start at one incredible book. As we have shared our idea, we have received tremendous praise for our project from influential people in the fatherhood movement and assistance from the energetic actor, musician and father Tray Chaney.

Three weeks ago we submitted our manuscript proposal to a publisher who Hogan has a good working relationship. They had been receptive to this project idea and we hoped would jump on the opportunity to publish it. They didn’t.

In our experience with the publishing world, though, this is nothing unusual. It is hard to get a book published no matter how good the idea is (and this is a really good and timely idea).

We are now shopping our proposal to other publishers. The hard work the dads who have submitted their passionate and honest stories make it easy for us to feel confident pitching this book to any and every publisher. We know one of them will understand the idea and realize the time is right for a book like this to sell big with a public hungry to identify with fathers of this generation.

As we work on finding the right publisher, we need your help. We currently have enough for about 1/3 of a book so we need the final 2/3. This means we still need your stories! We have a new deadline of June 30, 2012 to receive about another 60 stories so we can finish the book.

We also need your help in talking about the project. Share this post with your friends. Encourage other dads and moms to get involved with the project, offer praise and submit stories. The more people talking about Dads Behaving Dadly will help a publisher understand the book will sell.

The support everyone has shown to us and this project has been overwhelming. We greatly appreciate it and look forward to paying you back by getting this book in a book store near you soon!



Tray Chaney Endorses Dads Behaving Dadly

Written By: Hogan & Al - Mar• 12•12

We are very excited to announce the endorsement of actor Tray Chaney to our Dads Behaving Dadly Project!

Tray is a highly celebrated up and coming actor who is best known for his role as “Poot” on the HBO Original hit series “The Wire.” The strikingly handsome young man of many talents has starred in several movies including “Head of State” and “The Salon,” authored an inspirational autobiography titled “The Truth You Can’t BeTray,” and has recently stepped into the world of music as a writer, producer and rapper with his own production company, “Firedrop Music Group,” that he established with long-time friend Don Cox.

As Tray’s career continues on the road of endless and indomitable creativity, Tray considers his most important role to be an involved father to 6-year old Malachi and 18-year old Martina. “I have a voice,” Tray told us when he decided to endorse our project and submit a couple of stories, “so I’m going to keep encouraging fathers around the world to keep putting your families and kids first!”

Speaking to Tray for only a few minutes is all it takes to understand how dedicated he is to advocating for involved fatherhood. It is this passion for fatherhood that inspired him to write and perform this song titled simply, “Fatherhood.”

We are humbled by Tray’s endorsement and participation in our project to rebrand the image of fatherhood.



Press Release

Written By: Hogan & Al - Jan• 30•12

Book Project to Radically Rebrand Image of Fatherhood

Experienced at-home fathers and writers Hogan Hilling and Al Watts are excited to announce a new book and website project titled, Dads Behaving Dadly: Chronicling the Fatherhood Revolution. The two are working together to gather a range of stories detailing the real lives of involved fathers in the United States, Canada, England and Australia.

Hilling and Watts expect the project to rebrand the image of fatherhood by highlighting all that is good about dads; provide good role models for fathers; help the public recognize and appreciate fatherhood; acknowledge the benefits of a dad’s presence in a child’s life and community; and validate a father’s contribution to parenting.

“The perception of the last 100 years has been that dad is the secondary or back-up parent,” said Watts. “The truth is that many dads today are actively and passionately involved with their children and we think it is time to share the stories of these dads with the world.”

This will be the fifth parenting book by Hilling, a veteran motivational speaker and fatherhood advocate and the first for Watts who is President of National At-Home Dad Network, (formerly Daddyshome, Inc) and a blogger for several websites. Their project launched today at and on Facebook.

Dads Behaving Dadly: Chronicling the Fatherhood Revolution will consist of real stories from involved dads. Hilling and Watts already have more than 100 dads commit to telling their stories and are actively seeking more.

The written submissions must be less than 750 words and include an experience the dad had with his children; express his feelings that occurred in that situation; address his problem solving skills; illustrate the lessons the children learned; and tell how his children benefit from his active involvement. Topics can include virtually anything fatherhood related, from pregnancy and childbirth to helping children achieve their milestones and goals or how the dad helped his children do something special for their mother. View a sample story at

Stories can be submitted at

Because the editors feel strongly about the need to support active fathers, they plan to donate 10 percent of the proceeds of the book to the National At-Home Dad Network, which supports, educates and advocates for stay at-home fathers.

For more information email or visit