This may not be the first “dad blog” you’ve ever read. It may not be the last one you’ll ever read. And I won’t be arrogant enough to believe it’s the best one out there.
My goal for this dad blog is simply to be entertaining, educational and interesting enough to stay in your reading rotation.
My name is Amaar, a 38-year-old born and raised in Seattle. As I write this, I’m about two months away from becoming a father for the first time. And the second time. At the same time.
My fiancee Taylisha and I are having twins. Two boys that are due on July 12, but will most likely be delivered a few weeks sooner because (one of the countless things we’ve learned during this pregnancy) twins are typically delivered early.
When I’m not making babies, I work as an editor and writer in the media industry.
In 2019, I published a children’s book called “She Can Play Too.” Buy your copy RIGHT HERE. The goal with that project is to use sports to teach kids about equality, respecting each other’s differences, handling peer pressure and doing the right thing.
I’m working on another book (for adults) based on my own path to fatherhood, and I’m launching a podcast called “Father Figgaz” about the Black fatherhood experience.
So why am I doing all of this?
I’m not a celebrity dad. I’m not the best dad in the world — as of this moment I have zero experience at that job. I’m not the only dad of twins out there.
My story may not be unprecedented, but it is one I want to tell. I’m always looking for that ideal blend of taking what I do well and applying it to my passions.
I used to have a football blog, because I love the game and grew up playing it. I have another (somewhat) active blog about the intersection of sports and Islam, because I love my religion and I love sports. I have a business I want to launch aimed at helping young people further their education through sports. I might be taking the LSAT and trying my hand at law school in the near future because I love crafting arguments and realized I could use that skill to help children and parents in the family court system.
I’ve launched this blog to go with the podcast and book because fatherhood is something I’ve wanted my entire adult life. I’ve always known being a Dad will be something I love.
I hope you will enjoy reading as much as I will enjoy writing about this next chapter.