It is quite an awkward moment when you are making small talk with someone, and the inevitable question of what you do for a living comes up. I used to get this really awkward feeling when I would tell someone that I was a stay at home dad. I don’t know why I did, I guess that while in this day and age being a stay at home dad is more normal, it is still not really the most common thing. Some people would be really interested, but you would always get that one person who would be like “ . . . really?”.
Anyway I wanted to write this to tell you other guys out there that being a stay at home dad is in fact awesome. If you had told me just a couple of years earlier that I would be a stay at home dad I would never have believed you. I mean what on earth did I know about looking after a kid? But due to our circumstances it made the best financial sense for me to be the stay at home dad. I have never regretted the decision for a minute. Of course there may have been seconds where I have, but I would say 99 percent of the time I love it.
One thing you have to remember is just how lucky you are to be a stay at home dad. Very few guys get the opportunity to spend this amount of quality time with their kids, and quite often will miss out on some huge milestones. For example if I was at work I would have never seen my son walk for the very first time. At the same time one of the most important things that you have to consider about being a stay at home dad is nothing to do with you child. It is your wife or significant other. You see it is really cool that you are getting to see all the firsts, but your partner may start to feel a little left out if she keeps on missing out on these things. So it is very important that you try to keep her as involved as possible, and while you will be excited when your kid does things for the very first time. You must try your best to not seem like you are gloating that you are the one who witnessed it.
So what makes being a stay at home dad so awesome you may ask? Well it really boils down to just the simple things. There is nothing I enjoy more than taking a walk with my son, who at the moment is 4, to the local park to play football. I know that in just a few short months that he will be starting school so all this time we have together will be cut short. So I am trying my best to make the most of it right now.
If you are a stay at home dad or are going to be, I really cannot stress enough how important it is to make sure that you cherish this time you have together.