Harm Jagerman


Harm Jagerman. De Goede Huisvader.


What about the websites

There was a time when you could find all the information about me as a photographer, writer, consultant and developer on this website. I decided to turn it all around. The website where previously you could read all about my life as a stay-at-home dad is now all about my work as a website developer, website manager and consultant. Logical? Actually, yes!

Harm Jagerman is a name, and De Goede Huisvader became a company. That’s the explanation. I tried to combine it, but it didn’t make sense. Therefore, I decided to separate things. Don’t worry, it’s still the same person. When it concerns my business activities, you can read more at goedehuisvader.nl (or goedehuisvader.com). On this website (harmjagerman.com) you can read more about what I want to tell you. About the things I write about.

Betamax casssette.
Betamax cassette. Derived from Wikimedia Commons.

About the year I was born

The name should be clear. Like every other person, I was born at a certain time and that was the year Apple Computer Company was founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne. Other important events from that year: China successfully tested the hydrogen bomb, Canada abolished the death penalty, Air France and KLM planes were hijacked by the PLO, North and South Vietnam became one country, both the Viking 1 and Viking 2 arrived on Mars, Portugal joined the Council of Europe, Jimmy Carter was elected 39th president of the United States, Fidel Castro became president of Cuba and Sony introduced the Betamax cassette. Highs and lows in that year. What year is it then? 1976, was the year I was born.

3D Printer

Career summary

In the past, I have worked as an IT professional, recruiter and functional administrator, among others. I did all these jobs as an employee. In 2012, I decided to become self-employed in addition to my salaried job.

I once worked as an all-around IT employee, recruiter, and front office employee of a hotel (very briefly) and worked in the insurance industry. The last major salaried position before I decided it all had to change was that of senior functional application manager at a university hospital. I was responsible for issues related to records management, bring your own device and office applications. That came to an end when I terminated the contract in 2013 due to burnout. From then on, I became the photographing and writing stay-at-home dad. That laid the foundation for De Goede Huisvader. That is a Dutch expression for Bonus pater familias (good family father). It is a reference to someone or an organisation that takes good care of another person or cause.

Between 2015 and 2016, I returned to employment twice more with two employers with little success. In the end, I still chose to continue what I had started before: self-employed, combining his work with my duties as a stay-at-home dad. In 2018, I was asked to set up and manage a webshop, which I did until the end of 2019.

De naaimachine

On this website, you will see a 1 listed, which refers to the bottom section of the website. Here you will read the following text:

De Goede Huisvader a Dutch phrase for the Latin Bonus pater familias refers to Roman law. Literal translation: the good housefather. A better translation is the good stay-at-home father—detailed explanation.

The information relates to a legal concept. It is about how you care for something or someone. That’s what De Goede Huisvader does. Websites, web shops and web services. When it comes to developing a website/webshop. With the utmost care.

De Goede Huisvader

With the end of my salaried position, I became a stay-at-home dad who planned his work around the children (2008, 2011). I photographed and wrote. I was also sporadically asked to develop websites.

De Goede Huisvader was an initiative to show the world that things could be different. Standard gender roles were inadequate. The focus is on emancipation from the perspective of the man. In this case, the emancipation of women. Why shouldn’t a man write about this? It soon became more than that. Articles on history, politics and reviews appeared on the website.

In 2022, I decided to set up De Goede Huisvader as a successor to my business activities. Based on the idea that I could no longer continue my work as a photographer due to health problems (chronic cluster headaches). Textwriting, website development and management were possible, however. In addition, consulting on online activities. I decided to do this through the same website where I published my articles on, for example, emancipation. By now, that was no longer just focused on emancipation from the perspective of ‘the man’ or ‘this man.’ As a father of two children belonging to the LGBT+ community, I decided to write about that too.

Precisely because of the business activities, I decided to turn everything around. Whereas I used to choose to offer business activities under my name, I now do so under the name De Goede Huisvader. From the understanding of what a good family man stands for. Taking care of something in a good way. Not because I am such a stay-at home dad. I never have been. On the contrary, the website was once a nod when it came to the name. I now do the writing through this website, under my name.

Harm Jagerman, nice to meet you!

Want to know more?

Perhaps you are interested in exactly what services I offer? If so, I would like to refer you to the website of De Goede Huisvader.


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