Why I Love Being A Stay At Home Dad
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I’ve been a stay at home dad for close to three years now. I find the looks I get when I’m out in the middle of the day with one of our kids haven’t changed one bit. I get it. I’m out, usually dressed fairly casually, at a time where most men are at the office. It’s always the same cock-eyed and quizzical look wondering what on earth I’m doing.
Truth be told, I’m not a stay at home dad in the true sense of the word. Rather, I get the pleasure of working from home. Numerous studies show that I’m not alone. They point to more men staying home for a variety of reasons – from needing to care for a family member to being unable to find a decent job.
I’ve shared my journey of running a business extensively here on the site. It’s something I wouldn’t give up for anything. While it is a ton of work and a challenge at times I have found that it suits me well. I had always wanted to work for myself but allowed fear to hold me back. Looking back now I wonder why I waited so long to take the plunge, but know that it’s not for me to question the timing of it. That said, I always saw the freedom of being my own boss as THE benefit of working from home. It didn’t take long to see just how shortsighted I was.
The main thing I’ve come to appreciate about working from home has been being a stay at home Dad. While I’m busier than I ever was in the corporate world, I get to spend real time with my kids every day. I get to be there to pour into the life of my family. I get to be there to read a book to them during the middle of the day. I get to be there when they need someone just to be silly with them at lunch (though Mrs. Frugal Rules might debate that one with me 😉 ). Beyond all that I love the fact that the life we live helps teach the little Frugal Rules’ that a life of coloring outside the lines is one that’s more fun and memorable.
If you’d like to read more about why I love being a stay at home Dad, check out my latest article at AOL Jobs.