The Truth About Being a Stay at Home Dad

Stay at home dads may often think that the situation that they find themselves in is a bit strange. Many people would assume this is because it is their female partners that are going out and earning the main income, but this is not the case. They may not be the only stay at home dads in the neighborhood, so this in itself may not be anything unusual in the area that they live. The thing that most stay at home dads find strange is the kids themselves, especially the young ones.

Most dads will tell you that they spend their days being referee between their children. Nearly all activities require some form of protective clothing or helmets. Riding bikes is an especially difficult task, especially when dad is trying to teach more than one child at the same time.


Stay at home dads also regularly surprise themselves with how much they become invested in the programs that their children watch. While they probably wouldn’t go as far as watching them when their children weren’t there, they may admit to enjoying them more than they would really prefer to admit.

There are also movies that dads would like to watch themselves once in awhile that are meant for kids, but perhaps kids that are a bit older than their own. These dads may convince themselves that these movies are totally acceptable to watch with their children, and this may come with a bribe not to tell their mother what they have been doing all day.

Any self respecting stay at home dad knows the power of a reward chart for bribing their children. The promise of a sticker on their chart is enough to get them waiting on dad for a change and not telling their mother about anything that goes on during the day.

Cooking meals for the children is one of the tasks that most stay at home dads like the least. It is hard to get children to agree on meals that they all like, and sometimes it is just easier to cook separate meals. This often includes another meal for mom when she gets in from work, that is nothing like anything that has already been cooked that day.

Stay at home dads do not consider their role at home to be a job for the simple reason that they do not get paid for it. Although it is certainly hard work, most dads do not refer to it as a job because a job has more benefits that they are unable to take advantage of, such as some time off every now and again.