# DadsRT is only the greatest open-discussion parenting site ever! (Of course, this is our answer. We might be a little biased.)
# DadsRT is a Twitter hashtag associated with Dads Round Table, the online parenting magazine you are reading right now. Yes, at first glance, the hashtag appears to read “Dads ReTweet,” but it actually stands for “Dads Round Table.” This play on words was intentional, but not meant to fool someone into co-signing on something he would not approve.
The # DadsRT hashtag is used by people on Twitter who want to get the attention of others for blog posts, recently published articles about parenting, current events, fun things to share with each other, and most importantly, the # DadsRT Twitter chat. The # DadsRT hashtag’s popularity is growing rapidly and used by more and more people every day.
# DadsRT chat happens every Wednesday night at 9:00PM Eastern Time (in the US) on Twitter. (That is 8PM Standard, 7PM Mountain, and 6PM Pacific. Many of our Canadian participants and some in the United States do not follow daylight savings time, and have to adjust accordingly.) The topics change every week. Dads Round Table staff and contributors publish a special article early Monday morning (usually during the midnight hour) called an “RTD,” or Round Table Discussion, on the magazine (that category is listed above). These Round Table Discussion topics are designed to get readers talking on the site, but are also used as the topic for the # DadsRT chat to discuss live.
What is Dads Round Table?
Seven dads who wanted to make a difference in parents’ lives founded this site (and brand) in 2012. All seven are bloggers, but decided to come together to design an online magazine—not a blog—based on several key factors:
- Parenting “experts” do not exist.
- Parents are still people. They have many interests, and do not always want to read about parenting.
- Parents looking for help online do not always view blogs as a credible source of information.
- Many brands do not take dad-centric sites seriously. (That needs to change.)
- Parents (and brands) need to be able to talk openly in a non-retribution environment.
- Parenting cannot (and should not) be faked for cameras and articles. Parents seeking advice or whom just want to know they are not alone need honesty and candidness.
- The perfect family and life does not exist.
- There is strength in numbers.
Topics and writers:
Dads Round Table publishes articles from over 50 contributors currently, to include the founders, other dads, and most recently, moms. Our main categories are Round Table Discussions, a spotlight feature, kids and family, health and lifestyle, sports, creative writing, and many other sub-topics. We are actively working on an associated YouTube channel for video content, and are adding new topics all the time.
Whom is the magazine for?
Dads Round Table was created by dads (thus “dads” in the title), but the magazine site and social channels are open to everyone. We welcome moms, dads, grandparents, soon-to-be parents, and friends of all of them. Everyone has a place at the table.
Do you advertise or work with brands?
Dads Round Table has a strict minimalist attitude and policy toward advertising. The founders believe that advertising takes away from the content of the site as well as the visual appeal and ease of reading. Because of these reasons, you will rarely see brand advertising on the home page or in the sidebar of any article.
That said, the magazine does have bills to pay, so we do run brand-sponsored articles and paid content on occasion. These articles are clearly marked and fully disclosed according to all applicable legal mandates. We also carefully vet advertisers. We will never run a paid article that does not uphold the same ideals as our magazine or provide benefit to you as a reader or parent.
We also work with brands to bring them closer to our audience—like you. Many brands look for ways to reach a specific audience, be it dads, parents, etc., for various reasons. We work with them in creative ways to help them advertise and create better products for parents by occasionally co-hosting chats, setting up parent panels, and build a stronger followership through social means. Any payment received for such services or products received in trade are disclosed appropriately.
How can I get involved?
As a reader, stop by this site daily. We frequently publish new content. If you would like to be considered as a contributor, there is a form above to fill out. (It only takes a few seconds and the approval process is usually under three days.) Brands can begin working with us by filling out the appropriate fields via the “Contact Us” page. And, of course, we appreciate all of our various followers on social media sites:
We encourage everyone to share our articles and social posts. You are also welcome to use the # DadsRT hashtag. Just be sure to participate in our chats or on the site if you do so.
In a nutshell:
Our tagline says it all. Dads Round Table is a place for parents to Gather, Learn, and Be Heard. We provide resources for people to be better parents, we discuss a wide range of topics important to parents, and we help brands provide better services and products to parents. Everyone has a place here. We, as a community, can institute change, improve our and each-others’ lives, and we can have a lot of fun doing it.
Simply stated— we’re # DadsRT.
What does #DadsRT mean to you? Who do you think would benefit from this community? Why don’t you share this article and tell them about us?