Women are expected to leave the office when they have a baby, but what happens when a father does? A New York Times article reported that while 160,000 men have left the workforce to care for their children, they have a hard time filling in the gaps on their resumes when they attempt a career comeback. It said:
Acceptance of returning fathers “seems to be generational,” said Brian Reid, 33, who in 2002 founded RebelDad.com, a site about the “stay-at-home dad trend.” “It makes dads nervous knowing that they are not likely to be interviewed by a peer, who gets this, but by a 55-year-old middle manager, who might have a wife or a daughter who has left the workplace and come back, but who doesn’t understand it in a man.”
It's this social stigma that has many fathers taking up freelance or part time jobs so they can continue to build their work history while raising their tots. Other dads volunteer or go back to school for additional degrees so they can continue to talk business with their peers and be taken seriously. While being a stay-at-home dad is a full time job, some employers dismiss it as little more than a trip to the playground.