As we all know, father’s day is celebrated to appreciate fathers all around the globe and celebrate fatherhood and their bonds with children. It is usually celebrated on the third Sunday of June every year.
On account of father’s day today, we approached Zeeshan of the.dadgram to interview him and get to know more about him and his blog. In the world of blogging where there are ample mom bloggers around, Zeeshan opted to become a dad blogger and his profile is full of lovely moments with his kids and family.
Let’s see how our conversation rolled. Read on…
Chalktalk: Please tell us a little about yourself. Educational background and profession?
Zeeshan: I have a degree in Business and Marketing. I run an FMCG based in Pakistan.
Chalktalk: In a world where there is an infinite number of female bloggers, how did you come up with the idea of blogging for yourself?
Zeeshan: I used to post a lot of pictures of my kids on Facebook and my personal Instagram. I always wanted to make blogs and vlogs but I wasn’t sure as to how to actually do it. So after my second born, I thought I had the experience to start a parenting blog and I believe this was the perfect way to motivate desi men to be a more involved parent.
Chalktalk: Any challenges that you face being a male blogger?
Zeeshan: Initially people thought it was an act which was and had no link to my personal life. People judged me and my family, questioned my practices as a parent and the biggest challenge was to find people for interaction and story hops. I am glad it’s a growing community now.
Chalktalk: When we first got to know about your Instagram handle @the.dadgram, it seemed quite unique to us. Who has been your inspiration behind becoming a dad blogger?
Zeeshan: When I started off, I had no idea there were dad bloggers, it was just my love for sharing my life as a dad that inspired me to start this blog.
Chalktalk: How has blogging benefited you?
Zeeshan: This blog has given me a new perspective on parenting and it has made me more responsible as an individual. More than that, it has given me a window to the world to share my experiences and I have made a lot of new friends and acquaintances to share the same enthusiasm as a parent like me.
Chalktalk: In your opinion, what is the difference between modern-day father and our fathers or grandfathers?
Zeeshan: Our generation is more involved as a parent. We do not shy away from holding the baby bag, changing the pamper and feeding our babies in public. We believe that fathers are an equal parent and should share the responsibilities with the mother.
Chalktalk: Who do you think is responsible for this change where today’s father is more inclined towards helping his spouse share the responsibilities inside the house as well?
Zeeshan: It’s the nagging wives *laughs* and the overall change in the world regarding the domestic responsibilities in general. And as Muslims, we should have been doing it all along as we have the most perfect example available in the form of Sunnah.
Chalktalk: How important it is for fathers to spend quality time with their children? How do you spend it with you?
Zeeshan: It is extremely important to spend quality time with your kids even if it is an hour a day. I act like a child with my kids, I play with them and encourage them to include outdoor activities. I teach them to play board games and I talk to them a lot; regarding their day, their likes and dislikes.
Chalktalk: What is an ideal way to balance between home and work life?
Zeeshan: There is no perfect balance, some days you will only see your kid for hardly an hour, so thank your wife for taking care of your kids and not annoying you to an extent to jump off the cliff.
Chalktalk: Your message for all dads on Father’s Day?
Zeeshan: Be more responsible for your actions and express your love more often. Make as many memories as you can because once they grow up this time will not come back. Wishing all the dads out there a very happy Father’s Day.
It was lovely knowing Zeeshan and we wish him a Happy Father’s Day too. May he keep rocking his blog.