This Stay-At-Home Dad Wrote The Best Response To 'You're The Man Of The House. You Need A Job.'
January 28, 2016
A father visited a parenting forum to share his experience transitioning from the "working" parent to the stay-at-home parent. This is what he wrote...
After 6 years of being the "working" parent, I've accepted the role of stay-at-home dad... And it's awesome. Holy shit guys, it's incredible. I rock the shit outta this house. Meals, dishes, laundry, cleaning, and shopping is my new jam. I wake up and treat the house like a job, and I'm employee of the month.
There's a stigma about stay at home dads. I've heard it all, especially from family. "You're the man of the house. You need a job." Straight up, you're right. And I've just landed myself the sweetest gig on the planet. Rocking out all day with my little girl. I've made a living my whole life and for the first time I feel like I'm actually living. Sure, I don't get a paycheck, but I get to spend stupid amounts of time with my princess.
The wife has accepted a full time position. She had cabin fever something silly. I knew that she was ready to get back out there and earn and she couldn't be happier. We've basically switched roles. And it's radical. I do the shit out of these dishes. I suit up and kill the laundry monster every morning. I flipped that pantry on its head and instituted a system that ensures we don't go without. And I get to do it all my way. Shit, I'm a manager out here.
How does the wife feel? You've never seen a woman so turned on by a man scrubbing kitchen floors. She says, "They can keep their sweaty football players, mechanics, and models. I'm all about that apron." And she's happy. She has a new-found confidence, waking each day and dressing to impress. She feels like a member of the community again. Not just an employee to a "three year old terrorist" she says.
I know that most guys would rather go out and get the money. I was the same way, even as I accepted my new role. But I quickly realized that life is short and I love my family. I set my stupid man shit on the shelf and had a tea party while it collected dust. I'm a dad. And I'm good at it.
So, to the dads out working jobs and the dads at home working just as hard. Remember that time=love. Time spent earning or time spent raising is time for your family. Whatever you're doing, do your best and own it.
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