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5 Reasons Stay-at-Home Dads Rule

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momlogic's Julie: My husband is a stay-at-home dad. As Father's Day approaches, I'd like to count the many ways he rules ....

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1) He is a man in a woman's world. Jay is one of the few stay-at-home dads in our community. Many times, he has felt isolated and left out of the "mommy" groups. Still, he has soldiered on and made good relationships with some of the mothers in our area.

2) He volunteers in the classroom every week. Week in, week out, Jay volunteers in my kids' classrooms. He is one of the few dads to do so. I am so proud of him for this.

3) He keeps our household running smoothly. Jay does all the cooking, most of the cleaning, the laundry and helps the kids with their homework every day. If he did not do everything he does, our house would fall apart.

4) He has an amazing relationship with our kids. Jay plays with our kids for hours after school. He takes them to baseball, hip-hop and all of their other activities without a complaint. The bond they have is incredible.

5) Jay takes his job VERY seriously. He never parks the kids in front of the TV (like I might be tempted to do). He serves them only healthy and organic meals. He never takes the easy way out. He is a better stay-at-home parent than I could ever be, and I am so lucky to call him my husband.

Even in 2010, people don't always understand stay-at-home dads and sometimes question our situation because it's not the "norm." But it is OUR normal, and we wouldn't have it any other way.

To all the stay-at-home dads out there, I salute you!


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Anonymous June 14, 2010, 1:47 PM

Stay-at-home dads are great and your husband sounds amazing. I just wish that it would be okay for my husband to say “stay-at-home moms rule” without upsetting working moms. When will we all be able to be proud of what we do?

Mariah June 14, 2010, 2:38 PM

We may be swapping roles in our household soon. We haven’t hammered out the details but hubby may be a brand new Stay At Home Dad. I’m not sure yet if he’ll take it as serious as the dad in this article, but I know they’ll be in great hands.

To Anonymous: Stay At Home moms DO rule, regardless! Rock on SAHM’s!

Old Skool June 17, 2010, 6:01 AM

I would have a hard time respecting my husband being a SAHD. I think men should be the breadwinners of the family. It’s not natural for women to take on the provider role. We will eventually come to resent it. Men like to be “Supermen” and we should let them. This swapping of gender roles is one reason society is so mixed up now and a lot of males are not men. God wired men and women differently for a reason. Us trying to redesign His work won’t work in the long run.

dakine05 June 21, 2010, 1:09 AM

“Old School” you do realize that being a provider for the family goes way beyond the financial aspect don’t you? It’s women like you who shine a bad light on SAHD’s such as myself and I absolutely take offense to it.

I am a REALTOR and I work out of the home. My wife (also a fabulous mother) has wanted for as long as she could remember to have both a career and a family. Well guess what this is what works best for our family at the moment.

I applaud this post because it isn’t often that men get the praise for actually being in their kids lives. Understanding what makes them tick. Understanding what they fear.
Understanding those solutions for easing the sadness when they fall down or have a bad dream.

The issues this world has with men not being men has NOTHING to do with men being the stay at home parent. Normally men not being men has to do with a poor job of parenting (NOT ONLY THE MONEY ASPECT). It’s this lovely stereotype that paints all SAHD’s with this same brush which is insulting.

So guess what, show me ANY male that —-1. will sacrifice his own career for his wifes.
2. change a dirty diaper
3. get up in the middle of the night to feed or comfort your child when they have a bad dream
4. make sure the home is cleaned and dinner is ready
5. do the laundry, mow and maintain the outside of your home.
6. fix and repair broken aspects of your house, all while being constantly put down by June Cleaver carbon copies such as yourself, because they think that the woman is the only one who can have a positive impact day in and day out with their child. There’s you a definition of a real man. One who isn’t selfish and will do ANYTHING in order to help out his family even if that means going out of the norm as you would call it.

And by the way I am currently writing this at 3 am because I couldn’t go back to sleep after comforting my 18 month old daughter (who isn’t feeling good) back to sleep. Oh but wait I guess that isn’t something a real man would do is it?

dakine05 June 21, 2010, 1:15 AM

“Old School” you do realize that being a provider for the family goes way beyond the financial aspect don’t you? It’s women like you who shine a bad light on SAHD’s such as myself and I absolutely take offense to it.

I am a REALTOR and I work out of the home. My wife (also a fabulous mother) has wanted for as long as she could remember to have both a career and a family. Well guess what this is what works best for our family at the moment.

I applaud this post because it isn’t often that men get the praise for actually being in their kids lives. Understanding what makes them tick. Understanding what they fear.
Understanding those solutions for easing the sadness when they fall down or have a bad dream.

The issues this world has with men not being men has NOTHING to do with men being the stay at home parent. It’s this lovely stereotype that paints men with this same brush.

So guess what, show me ANY male that —-1. will sacrifice his own career for his wifes.
2. change a dirty diaper
3. get up in the middle of the night to feed or comfort your child when they have a bad dream
4. make sure the home is cleaned and dinner is ready
5. do the laundry, mow and maintain the outside of your home.
6. fix and repair broken aspects of your house, all while being constantly put down by June Cleaver carbon copies such as yourself, because they think that the woman is the only one who can have a positive impact day in and day out with their child. There’s you a definition of a real man. One who isn’t selfish and will do ANYTHING in order to help out his family even if that means going out of the norm as you would call it.

Also I am currently writing this at 3 am after I couldn’t go back to sleep after comforting my 18 month old daughter who isn’t feeling good back to sleep. But I guess a real man wouldn’t be up doing that now would they.

dakine05 June 21, 2010, 1:17 AM

My mistake… Old Skool. Didn’t realize it wasn’t spelled properly.

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