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This is a month of milestones here at Rock Father HQ. Not only will The Rock Father website officially turn two on Father's Day, but the day before that - my youngest daughter, Finley, will turn one. Being a big month for Dads as a whole, the folks at Lake County Magazine (which covers life here in the far Northern Suburbs of Chicago) have published a "Men's Edition" to follow-up the Mom-centric issue they put out last month. The cover story? Stay-At-Home Dads... and I'm one of three featured. 

Excerpt from "Daddy Day Care? I Don't Think So..."

Don’t call them Mr. Mom. Or describe what they do as “baby-sitting.”

WP 20130531 009“We were in Home Depot, and I was going through the line with the girls in my cart, and someone says, ‘Oh, spending the day with Dad today?’ And I said, ‘Actually, they spend every day with Dad,’” says James Zahn of Lake Villa, who stays home with his daughters Adalyn, 3, and Finley, 11 months.

A generation ago, the comedy “Mr. Mom” defined stay-at-home fatherhood, starring Michael Keaton as an unemployed man who bumbles his way through full-time care giving.

Today, three Lake County stay-at-home dads see things a bit differently.

“Sometimes, I feel like getting a T-shirt that says, ‘I have a college degree. I’m not a bum. I chose this,’” says Ryan Gillaspie of Lindenhurst, who stays home to raise his 4-year-old triplet daughters, Jade, Phoenix and Rogue.

lcmag2A more common, but still lonely, trend
According to U.S. Census data, in 2011, about 176,000 American fathers spent at least one year out of the work force to care for their children while their wives worked. Seventeen percent of preschoolers were regularly cared for by their fathers during their mother’s working hours.

For the full story, pick up a copy of Lake County Magazine's June Issue (if you live in the area), or check out their Digital "E-Edition" over on ISSUU. Thanks to Elizabeth Harmon for penning the story and presenting at-home Dads in a positive light, and to Editor Stephanie N. Grimoldby for the kind words in her "From the Editor" column.

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James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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