Is it possible for parents' lives to not be consumed by their children? Last night on Parenthood, Joel has a hard time seeing beyond his life as a stay-at-home dad when it is time to showcase a hobby at Sydney's school. While he frets over something to wow the crowd, Kristina worries that she and Adam are losing their relationship to the stresses of their daily commitments. Do you find yourself in a similar situation?
While the concept of fathers staying home to care for their kids while mothers take on the role of primary breadwinner is not new, the trend is getting a lot more attention due to recession's impact of familes' employment status. Though some dads gripe about their lack of respect in the home, others are celebrating the newfound responsibilities.
In a recent New York Times, former print journalist Michael Winerip wrote about the joy he found in the day-to-day parenting activities he took over when his wife returned to work after 10 years.
As our nation progresses by choice and circumstance, do you think stay-at-home dads will eventually become as common as stay-at-home moms?
Women spent generations asserting their value in the home and now that some of their spouses have taken on more child-rearing responsibilities, many men are realizing how undervalued being the primary caretaker (or equally sharing the job) can be.
From Harper's Bazaar's photo shoot portraying Chris Noth as Mr. Mom to Michael Lewis's recently published book and essays on fatherhood, Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood, men are finding that daddy duty doesn't warrant a round of applause. Lewis argues that since new-era pops are becoming more involved in their tot's lives, they have been thrown from their place of power in the household and placed in one of submissive duty, simply following their wives' childcare directives and becoming little more than the equivalent of hired help.
While moms have suffered from the unappreciated-housewife complex for years, modern dads appear to be getting a taste of it now. Are involved dads being taken of advantage of by their unsuspecting wives?
Some dads are more at home in the office than while tending to their offspring. And, truth be told, some fathers prefer their 9-to-5 to spending time with their tots. Whether they feel the societal pressure as men to be the "providers" or the fact that they'd rather push paperwork than a pram, there are normally far less fathers on the playground. But, a growing number of daddies are taking on the duties of raising their lil darlings as stay-at-home-dads. Be it for financial reasons or an absolute labor of love, it's great to see this generation of pops getting more involved.
Could you see your partner choosing to turn in his time card?