What do you think about the increasing number of stay-at-home dads?
Open-minded dads. Powerful, working women. I think it kicks ass! I personally know more than a few stay-at-home dads who are amazing, and so are their wives!! Whatever works for your family.
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As the early morning sunlight streams through the windows, Daddy grabs his coffee and buttered toast and kisses his wife goodbye. Then he scoops up his daughter and together they wave as Mommy heads off to work. It’s not the usual “Leave It To Beaver” style morning ritual, but for many American families, it’s reality.
Over the last decade, the number of stay at home dads has nearly doubled in the US. In this tough economic climate, with both men and women out of work, many families must rely on the parent who earns more, or simply the parent who has a job. In growing numbers, it is the women with greater earning potential, so it follows that more and more men are choosing to stay home. And with 58% of college degrees currently going to women, this doesn’t seem like a trend that is going away any time soon.
But it’s not always necessity that is driving more men to stay home. Along with changing more dirty diapers, men are also changing their attitudes. Tides are shifting, and so are the stereotypes and stigmas that have long been attached to male caregivers. Once a novelty, this phenomenon is popping up everywhere in popular culture. Commercials for cleaning products and children’s toys, once geared toward only moms, now more readily feature and push their wares on men. Many popular TV shows, such as “Modern Family” and “Up All Night”, showcase dads who stay at home to raise their kids.
But daddy daycares are not just opportunities for punch lines on TV and in the movies. Male caregivers may not be the norm just yet, but the number is definitely on the rise. According to the United States Census Bureau, one-third of dads with working wives regularly care for their kids younger than 15 years old. With more men at home, it is becoming increasingly important for them to connect socially, and not all men feel comfortable in the typical Mommy-and-Me settings. As a result, numerous daddy groups are popping up around the US. These groups can be a haven for dads to get some much-needed Man-time… even if that time is punctuated by the occasional poopie diaper.
While the growing trend may be one small step for man, it is one huge leap for daddies… and mommies everywhere.