Five Facts That Most Stay-At-Home Dads Quickly Come to Know

When thinking of the life of a stay-at-home dad, most would consider the usual – early mornings, park outings, changing diapers, preparing meals, and managing various children’s activities that keep them entertained. However, many fathers that take on a full-time role with their kids also face certain challenges and even stigmas in today’s society. In the words of Steven White, a full-time dad, these are five truths one quickly learns:

Five Facts That Most Stay-At-Home Dads Quickly Come to Know
Five Facts That Most Stay-At-Home Dads Quickly Come to Know

Older Generations Don’t Understand Stay-At-Home Fatherhood

It wasn’t that long ago that women would naturally take on the stay-at-home parent role while the father went to work. Although this is a norm that has changed in our modern society, many members of the older generations still find it odd or even shocking. When seeing a father taking their baby out in a stroller, pensioners will often assume that the dad is giving the mom a little break. Learning that the father takes care of the child full-time is often followed by unpleasant remarks.

Kids’ Television Can Be Addictive

Although most modern parents want to minimize screen time for their kids, avoiding TV altogether can be unrealistic. Cartoons and kids’ shows can be a useful distraction at times and a chance for dads to share their favorite childhood cartoons with their children. Just watch out as some of these kids’ TV shows can be quite engaging and you might find yourself obsessed with them too!

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Five Facts That Most Stay-At-Home Dads Quickly Come to Know

Invites to Mom Clubs Are Rare

Stay-at-home dads might feel somewhat alone in their endeavors. It’s not always easy to find dads in the area that are going through the same thing and create a network of mutual support. It’s easy to go out to parks and playgrounds and find well-established mom groups, but most dads find that it’s hard to get an invite to such cliques. It’s still worth a try!

The Difficulties of Soft Play

In White’s experience, many soft play areas are a mom’s domain and a man’s presence there is often met with suspicion. Attempting to prevent rough play or to intervene in any way will commonly have mothers running over to pick up their children and take them farther away from the strange man in the play area, even though it’s just a dad with their child.

Five Facts That Most Stay-At-Home Dads Quickly Come to Know

All About Work

In this dad’s experience, many will assume that a father took on a stay-at-home parent role because their career wasn’t going well. This is an assumption many dads likely face as if caring for a child full-time was an easy option compared to the struggles of the workplace. In reality, parenthood can be just as exhausting with the added pressure of doing right by one’s child at all times.