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Welcome to Laid-Off Dad, written by Doug French.

I'm a writer, single dad, and vocational itinerant who began writing Laid-Off Dad in June 2003, after I lost a job and my firstborn was 15 months old. For more detail, you can delve here. You can also read my interview with LeahPeah, although it should be noted that it took place in 2006, while I was married. A lot has changed since then.

I like writing about my kids. Announcing their conceptions and births. And every once in a purple moon I will write a poem.

I've been profiled in or written for several websites, including The New York Times, Slate, The Huffington Post, DadCentric, MamaPop, and BloggingStocks, and my work has appeared in three blogthologies: Things I Learned About My Dad, edited by Heather Armstrong, Sleep is For the Weak, edited by Rita Arens, and Kirtsy Takes A Bow, edited by Laura Mayes.

In July 2010, I began writing When The Flames Go Up, a blog about co-parenting after divorce, with my ex-wife, Moxie. We have 50/50 custody of our two sons and live in close proximity to each other in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

I'm also a co-founder of the Dad 2.0 Summit, which will convene in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Jan. 30 - Feb. 1, 2014.

You can reach me at laidoffdad [at] yahoo [dot] com.

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