As the new school year gets underway I look back at two years as a Stay at Home Dad; the highs, lows, tears and laughter.
Putting money aside for a rainy day is one of those jobs I’ve been guilty of putting off but when the unexpected happens it’s a weight off your mind to know that you’ve got a contingency to rely on. Yet knowing how much and how best to put money aside can be unclear. I get some advice from financial expert Natalie Hall to explain it all.
One moment my daughter is chatting and playing with her grandad, the next he’s been taken by ambulance to the hospital and never returns. Dealing with the death of a close family member is tough as a grown up but over the Easter break I’ve had the task of getting my three-year-old daughter to take on board what’s happened.
By the time you reach your thirties Christmas has typically become a rather routine, if enjoyable time of year. All of the children in the family have long since grown up and the magic that can accompany this time of year can rather be forgotten. This Christmas, however, saw Tilly, now a full-fledged toddler, discover some of the wonder, delight and excitement that will soon be transforming the darkest time of year. Christmas trees, Santa, festive lunches and a quick succession of trips across country to see family and friends and of course presents have all been brand new and getting her imagination racing.
If online forums are anything to go by, many stay-at-home dads (SAHDs) have taken the role as their hand has been forced, commonly either through redundancy or child care fees outweigh lower paid jobs. There is however another group of SAHDs, which by all accounts is growing in popularity and the one in which I can proudly claim membership. We are the voluntary SAHDs, those who have actively chosen to leave, suspend or fundamentally change our working lives in favour becoming the primary carer for our families. Although still something of a curiosity in many people’s eyes, there can be a number of reasons to choose to become a SAHD. Here are my top five: