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Would Your Husband Want to Be a Stay-at-Home-Dad?

Some dads are more at home in the office than while tending to their offspring. And, truth be told, some fathers prefer their 9-to-5 to spending time with their tots. Whether they feel the societal pressure as men to be the "providers" or the fact that they'd rather push paperwork than a pram, there are normally far less fathers on the playground. But, a growing number of daddies are taking on the duties of raising their lil darlings as stay-at-home-dads. Be it for financial reasons or an absolute labor of love, it's great to see this generation of pops getting more involved.

Could you see your partner choosing to turn in his time card?

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schnappycat schnappycat 9 years
I think my husband could do this for awhile, but economically it wouldn't fly. If I were to go back to work, I'd make probably 1/6 of what he makes, so it would drastically change our lifestyle.
JennyJen2 JennyJen2 9 years
My husband would definitely do this and economically - it would make sense for me to continue working and for him to quit his job.
clareberrys clareberrys 9 years
Though I'm not married my boyfriend ALWAYS talks about how he would love to be a stay at home dad...but I hope he is kidding because I want to be a stay at home mom!
simplyfab87 simplyfab87 9 years
Even though it many years in the future, me and my bf have talked about this and he definitely would be a stay at home dad. When I get outta school, I'll be making triple what he makes so it just makes more sense for him to stay home.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
He would, absolutely. And he'd be awesome at it. He's always been home with them three months of the year since he's a teacher. I never thought I'd make it as a stay at home mom, but I'm about to find out. My maternity leave is up on June 2nd, but I only go back for a month. I was a casualty of the massive budget cuts in California education, so when the new fiscal year starts July 1st, I'm done. :) And I'm totally looking forward to it now, and have no plans to get another job until the baby's over a year.
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
my husband would NEVER go for that! a huge part of his identity/ego is his job, which he loves and has worked years to get to the point it's at now. i wouldn't have gone for that as i want ot be home with the kids. i love being a sahm and hope NEVER to go back to a job!
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
No, he never would for a variety of reasons. But, I'm always impressed with stay-at-home Dads. *I* felt pressure from certain family and friends when I decided to stay home with my kids, especially the longer I stayed home - like I'm not living up to my "potential" or something. I can't even imagine the societal pressure on stay-at-home Dads. So, GO you guys! :cheer:
anniekim anniekim 9 years
p.s. lilsugar--thanks for the creepy photo from Little Children. That would be the neither parent flourishes as stay at home option?
anniekim anniekim 9 years
My husband would probably give it a try--but I've already got that territory staked out. He has the more stable job with benefits etc.
nevadamtnbear nevadamtnbear 9 years
My hubby did it and will likely do it again. He was a SAHD for the first year then we got a nanny. Next time around (God willing) he'll do it again and likley not re-open his business and just take care of the kids and house.
schnappycat schnappycat 9 years
My BIL is a SAHD and loves it. He spends a couple of days each week in his sons' classrooms and is very involved with the school. Even when his wife is home, he is the primary caregiver and organizes bday parties, bakes the cakes, and cooks most of the meals.
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 9 years
My husband works from home with a really flexible schedule so he is around all the time. We love being home together all day, every day with the kids. He would happily do it but I could never spend the day away from my kids.
emo_stacer emo_stacer 9 years
no, i would want to be the stay @ home parent.
mini_pixie mini_pixie 9 years
My hubby loves spending time with our girl, but I don't think that (even if we could afford it) he would stay at home with her full time. But I don't blame him, I could never be a stay-at-home mom either. More power to those of you who can do it, because much as I love my girl and watching her grow & develop into a real individual, I couldn't give up grown up interactions, and I don't think I would be able to keep my patience all the time. Thank goodness for trusted daycare providers! Although, if we had money coming out of our ears, I wouldn't mind going to school forever, and having half days & summer vacations to spend with the kids.
runningesq runningesq 9 years
In a hot second ;) We've talked about this a lot, and think it will be the best for our future family. Of course, things could change, but as a female attorney, it would be really hard for me to take off several years and still be competitive. Plus, he's calm and loving (as noted by his interactions and care for our foster kittens :))
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