When most people think about high-profile parenting influencers on social media — those posting funny and relatable content about their kids and their lives, gaining loyal followers and helping to create an online community of all those united in raising small humans — they probably envision, well, moms.
"It's kind of hit and miss for dads.," Calgary Dad and radio host Buzz Bishop told HuffPost Canada in a phone interview.
Bishop, who has two children (Zacharie, 11, and Charlie, 8) is the dad behind the popular parenting blog "DadCAMP" and the Instagram account dadcamp.ca. He started the blog as a way to connect to other dads at a time when he was a stay-at-home parent.
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In a world of "Instagram husbands," which the New York Post defines as "the largely unrecognized faces behind popular Instagram accounts" (with the assumption that husbands and dads are mostly behind the camera) Bishop is part of a growing group of Canadian dads putting their voices, faces and photos at the forefront.
To showcase what's out there, Bishop recently shared his top picks of Canadian dads to follow on Instagram on his blog — and with us! Some accounts might be a little more raw than what one might find on popular parenting Instagram feeds, Bishop noted, but he thinks they're authentic views of what being a dad is all about.
"A lot of the parenting filter is very glamorous, and the guys still put out good art, but I think there's just a different sense of humour," Bishop said.
"Guys can be passionate about fatherhood and tell their story online, too."
Here are Bishop's picks for the best Canadian Insta-Dads:
- dadcamp.caView this post on Instagram
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- canadiandadblogView this post on Instagram
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- caseypalmerView this post on Instagram
It's been a tough week. After getting back from #NewOrleans, it's been nothing but sick kids here in Casa de Palmer. Monday and Tuesday it was my eldest. Yesterday and today my youngest. Originally, it was meant to be a week off so I could finish preparing for the keynotes I'm giving at #Parenting101 this weekend, but as you can see... with parenthood, not everything always goes to plan. So there'll be no haircut. I haven't even started PACKING for my 11 AM flight out west. It's been a hectic week, and once upon a time, I'd have been a LOT more stressed about it. But one of the MANY things parenthood's taught me is ACCEPTANCE. Accepting that I'll often need to reprioritize on the fly, because it's family first above EVERYTHING. Or accepting that I can't ALWAYS do everything on my OWN, especially when I need the help of our neighbours to watch one of our kids while I rush to go pick up the other. It's a season of personal growth as I work to establish a rhythm that works for my life and lets me stop comparing myself with everyone ELSE. It was actually something @Brittlestar helped me realise during our flights home from the #Dad2Summit — at any given time, it's going to feel like the problems we have RIGHT THEN are the WORST thing in the world. But ultimately, if you give your time and energy to the RIGHT things — the people you love and the things that give you life — you're going to come out okay on the other side. So this is me, warts and all as I make the most of the little time February's giving me to do my thing. Maybe I'll figure it all out—maybe I won't. But in EITHER case, you know what? I'll wind up EXACTLY where I'm meant to be. Casey out. #parenthood #fatherhood #Dad #Daddy #cuddle #son #mixed #Black #BlackIsBeautiful #fatherandson #sick
- stephenfungView this post on Instagram
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