When Dad Stays Home: Five Tips For Managing When Dad Is Mr.Mom
It used to be that the job of being a stay-at-home parent belonged exclusively to the moms. Today, however, more dadsare taking on the role of full-time parent. In fact, the United State Census Bureau estimated that 158,000 fathers identified themselves as stay-at-home dads in 2009.
For many, the loss of Dad’s income may make a decision to leave the workforce a difficult one. In addition, Dad may be concerned about his ability to re-enter the workforce after an extended absence. Although these challenges require careful consideration, many parents find that they are able to work through them in order to enjoy the benefits of having a stay-at-home parent in the house.
The Benefits Of Having A Stay-At-Home Parent
Families who commit to a stay-at-home parent report that there are substantial benefits that outweigh the sacrifices. Those benefits include:
- Eliminating costly childcare expenses associated with daycare centers, nannies or babysitters.
- Ensuring that your child will receive reliable and nurturing childcare consistent with your desires and values.
- Allowing your family to be better positioned to create the right balance between worktime and familytime.
- Providing your child with access to nutrition and activities that are tailored to fit his or her specific needs.
An Involved Dad Means Happier Kids
There may be additional benefits to designating Dad as the primary parent-at-home. According to one report written at the University of Texas at Austin, “children who grow up with an involved father do better in school, are less likelyto drop out, have higher self-esteem, experience fewer emotional and behavioralproblems, are less likely to engage in criminal behavior, and are less likely to engage inhigh risk behaviors such as drug use and early sexual activity.” In other words, spending more time with Dad makes for happier kids.
Five Tips For Families With Stay-At-Home Dads
If you are thinking about designating Dad as parent-of-the-day, here are five tips to help you get going:
Whether you’re a mom or a dad, being a stay-at-home parent can be a rewarding experience. And even though it may not be the norm, having a stay-at-home dad can be enriching for the entire family.