The Executive Mom's Answer to Childcare: The Stay At Home Dad.
It has been said many times in many contexts that a family with young children can only handle one and a half high power careers. There are those who believe that at least one parent should have a somewhat flexible work schedule so that someome is there to cover sick days and attend school plays. Why should it always be the women that make the professional sacrifice and scale back their careers? How great that more and more dads are the ones “opting out.”
The reasons dads are staying home are compelling, including a reluctance to use day care, an increase in women’s earning power (three out of ten women out-salary their husbands) and a desire by fathers to be actively involved with their kids. Let's celebrate this new generation of dads. They showed their progressive colors in a recent poll in Parents Magazine. Asked how they would feel if their wives out-earned them, 46% said they would quit their job, 41% said she already does make more and only 13% said they would be uncomfortable.
A relatively new phenomenon, stay at home dads are lucky to have a plethora of resources available to them. Rebeldad.com,where "a father puts the stay-at-home dad trend under the microscope," slowlane.com and athomedad.com are popular SAHD-devoted sites, loaded with blog entries, articles and networking suggestions. Peter Baylies, who hosts the athomedad.com, where the tag line is "men who change diapers change the world" even wrote a Stay-At-Home Dad Handbook. Indeed, there is a proliferation of stay-at-home dad lit. Check out Housebroken: Confessions of a Stay-At-Home Dad, Diary of a Mad Househusband , How Tough Can it Be: The Trials and Errors of a Sportswriter Turned Stay-At-Home Dad and What Every Woman Needs: Househusband, just to name a few.