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.
The school summer holidays are here, which means that I’ve officially survived a whole year of being a stay-at-home dad. An awful lot has changed since last summer when I hung up my office shirts for the last time. There have been high points but there have been struggles too. Time, then, to spend a moment looking back on the past twelve months.
On Saturday I featured along four other stay-at-home dads in the Times article ‘The rise of the alpha dad‘. This charts the increase of stay-at-home dads and in particular those fathers, like me, who actively decided to put their career to one side to look after their children full-time. You may be visiting this blog for the first time having read the Times article or may have heard about the article but not have a subscription to read it. A timely opportunity then to revisit the decisions that led me to become a stay-at-home dad last year.
There are things I do in the line of duty as a stay-at-home dad that I wouldn’t necessarily share with my mates down the pub (on those increasingly rare occasions I can attend social gatherings). Don’t get me wrong, there’s much about being a father that is wonderfully fulfilling but when it comes to childcare, especially with a daughter, any macho pride has to be left at the door in favour of being entertainer-in-chief and dogsbody to the whims of a toddler.