You Might Be a Portland Dad If…


Portland is its own kind of quirky, and parents in PDX might operate somewhat differently than in the rest of the country. This year, in honor of Father’s Day, PMB developed a short list of ways to know you might be a Portland dad. Anything you would like to add? Share your thoughts in the comments!

You Might be a Portland Dad if…

Your kids know not to put dog poop in the green bin.

You don’t know what Casual Friday means because you have always worn flip flops to work.

Daily family attire includes a matching rain jacket and/or umbrella for every outfit.

You have discussed your favorite cloth diaper brand over craft beers. And vice versa.

Your kids keep their own reusable containers for lunches and shopping.

You find yourself googling “how to get Aaron’s Thinking Putty out of beard.”

Your first stop in the hunt for new kid toys is your local Buy Nothing group.

You have purple hair. And your kid does, too.

Your family plans all outings according to a TriMet schedule.

You refuse to leave your house any later than 9:45 for a zoo trip, lest you have to fight the crowds.

Your kids grow their own veggies.

You know the hours and menus of at least three local play cafes.

Your dude band plays at your kid’s preschool graduation ceremony.

You have a list of local hikes sorted by season.

What other ways is a Portland dad unique? Please leave them in the comments!

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Lee Ann
Lee Ann moved to Portland in 2008 following an eight-year stint in Paris, France, where her eldest was born. Though she thought nowhere could compete with the City of Lights, the City of Roses immediately stole her heart. As a great place to raise kids, she loves getting out and exploring the city and the PNW with her husband and four young children. While in France, Lee Ann earned a B.A. in Journalism and a Master's in Linguistics at the American University of Paris and L'Universite de Paris - La Sorbonne, respectively, before returning stateside to become a Speech-Language Pathologist through the Portland State University graduate program. Throughout her studies, she kept one foot in the digital world, writing content for publications and creating websites for clients. After many years as a medical Speech Pathologist, she left to the field to continue freelance writing, become the owner of Portland Mom Collective (!), and to create a crafting/workshop space for PDX makers. She likes to spend whatever "me" time she can muster making soap, geocaching, jogging, sewing, and staring at the wall with no small humans talking to her. Get in touch by sending a note to leeann {at} portlandmomcollective {dot} com, or follow her on Instagram.


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