At-Home Dads Do It!

Posted on August 16th, 2012, by iMinerva

Father Holding Daughter's Hand

Don’t be surprised if your son – or grandson – has opted to be a stay-at-home dad taking care of the kids while mom brings home the paycheck.  Thanks to a more enlightened generation of parents, and the increase of women in high-paying professional jobs, moms and dads now feel comfortable making previously unconventional work/life balance choices. 

A recent New York Times article, Just Wait Until Your Mother Gets Home, notes the growing trend for dads to tackle homecare while mom is the primary breadwinner.  According to the census bureau, roughly 626,000 men are the primary caretaker of kids under 15, with about 176,000 of those fully engaged as head househusband, and the balance also working in freelance or part-time jobs.

For many families, the arrangement has both financial and psychic rewards.  Dads, who may have had prior careers as lawyers, engineers or business executives, express feelings such as “This may be the most meaningful work I’ll ever do.”  Some dads learn to express their creativity by writing poetry, making wood toys, gourmet cooking, or even sewing outfits for the kids.  And, a new breed of bloggers has come on strong – the Daddy Bloggers.  “Cry It Out,” “Sweet Juniper!” and “Jezebel” are just a few of the at-home dad sites.

So, it you’ve been giving the kids grief – get over it.  As one dad says, “This ain’t the 20th century.” “There are 300 million people in the U.S., so there are 150 million ways to be a man.”

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