Why I Love Being A Stay At Home Dad

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Stay at home Dad

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.

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John is the founder of Frugal Rules, a dad, husband and veteran of the financial services industry whose writing has been featured in Forbes, CNBC, Yahoo Finance and more.

Passionate about helping people learn from his mistakes, John shares financial tools and tips to help you enjoy the freedom that comes from living frugally. One of his favorite tools is Personal Capital , which he used to plan for retirement and keep track of his finances in less than 15 minutes each month.

Another one of John's passions is helping people save $80 per month by axing their expensive cable subscriptions and replacing them with more affordable ones, like Hulu with Live TV.


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