Daddy’s Grounded was started by Joel Gratcyk as a way of remembering the personal experiences of fatherhood in all its details, with photos, video and written thought. Joel lives with his family in the western suburbs of Chicago. He’s a stay-at-home dad and freelance professional nerd.

Joel has a nine-year-old, Wesley, who loves bright colors (especially pink), airplanes, technology, books, playing outside, and staying in hotels. Teddy, our big hearted five-year-old, loves to meet new people, play pretend, help in the kitchen, and do science experiments. Joel’s been married for 17 years this April to his best friend, Abigail.

“I love being a father. It’s the most challenging, yet enjoyable, responsibility I’ve ever had. The ability to raise a human is incredible. I hope my sons turn out to be exactly who they want to be when they grow up. Just like I wrote in my ‘Dear Son,‘ post a few years back, I’ll support them no matter what. ” – Joel Gratcyk

Beyond writing about his family and views on life, Joel occasionally works with brands and organizations with whom he feels a connection. If he enjoys using their products or supporting their initiatives you can bet he’ll entertain ideas on how to partner with them on his blog or social channels.

Joel hopes you enjoy following him on this journey at DaddysGrounded.com and that you’ll connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.