Reflections of This Stay at Home Dad

A little time has passed since I last sat down and tapped away at the keys on my laptop. It seems that since I was released from my job in December and committed to being a stay at home dad, things have been quite different. I figured I could reflect a little and share a few life changing events that have affected me over the past 6 months.

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Stay at Home Dad

I am a firm believer in pouring into my children with as much time or knowledge I may have to give them. Over the past few months, I have been able to do more with my kids than ever before. That first week off everything kind of fell right into place. First, there was an immediate need to take my only son to enroll for his college classes. Then later that week, I had to take three out of the four girls to doctor appointments. Not to mention the school holiday parties and picking up them up early from school just to hang out in the afternoon.

Mostly, my staying at home has been a key piece in helping with Monkey, our toddler. Since she was having therapy four times a week for both  her speech and sensory issues, our schedule was a bit challenging. I have to admit that she can be a hand full if you do not keep a tight rein on her. Don’t get me wrong though… she is not a problem and i have no complaints… she just has her moments (as most kids do) and needs to be dealt with gently.

Fortunately, I was able to attend a blog conference for men in February that allowed me to connect with new people. I was also able to learn more about what it takes to be a successful blogger. This is something I would never have had the opportunity to do if I was still working a regular 8 to 5 job outside the home.

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Not to mention, my stress level has changed for the better. I am not sure if it was corporate america causing the stress or that I have a chance to manage things my way now. My work schedule is pretty flexible and no longer consumes my whole day. Plus, you simply can’t beat my commute. It is pretty short with no traffic. Bonus!

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Photo from Kristina Alexanderson

5 Stereotypical SAHD Theories

  • Home watching Sports all day – The only sports I watch are on Sunday: NFL football and NASCAR
  • Would rather be in the office – I am done with the office crowd
  • Men don’t stay at home with the children – Yes we do
  • Can’t catch kids as well as women – I can take care of my children just as good as my wife.
  • He must not have any motivation – I have all the motivation in the world… it’s just focused on the home and not the corporate world

I am completely thankful for the position I was handed. Being a Stay at Home Dad offers me the opportunity to spend quality time and memorable moments with the ones I cares about the most. I truly believe that the all of the time I am able to invest in my children now will pay off in the long run.

*The list of theories was based on a press release from

About Colby

As the father of 5 and head of the household, I am often looking for the next best thing when it comes to my family. I enjoy trying new products and am excited about delving further into the tech world my wife and teens know so much about. You can also find me on Twitter: @dodomesticdad

Comments

  1. Interesting post, as I right this comment I am having lunch at my desk “corporate world”. Sounds like you have the age spread in your house that I have. My daughter is in college and my son it 3. Being a stay at home parent is a ton of work. I know many people don’t think it is. I don’t know if I would be happy doing it myself, but part time work might be a good compromise but it is not in any of my immediate plans.

  2. I love this. You sound so at peace with your decision to be home and that speaks volumes that it was the right thing to do. As much as our kids need us, I believe we need them as much or even more.

  3. It’s an unusual set up but if you and your spouse are happy with it, then that’s great. And your kids can do nothing but benefit from having their dad at home where he can be more involved than was possible when away in the corporate world.

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