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I'm a stay-at-home dad with an empty nest -- I'm what is affectionately known as a "house hubby," a "kept husband," a defunct "Mr. Mom." Despite all my best attempts to spin a better narrative, I am at a loss when it comes to finding empowering vocabulary to describe how I spend my days.
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No one goes into parenting for the money — that is, the massive amounts of money spent on their children through the years. A lot of attention has been paid to how much it costs to raise a child until...
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While there are some dads speaking up, why aren't more of those 46 per cent of fathers who feel they aren't spending enough time with their kids lending their voices to the cause of work/life balance? Just look at what happens when public figures take time off to spend it with their families.
Children are an incredible paradox. They bring so much joy, so many tender moments, so many blissful times when you're just enjoying them, and they're enjoying you, and you're laughing at something funny your toddler said, or something adorable your baby did. And then there's the other 23 hours and 30 minutes of the day you have to get through.
I'd gathered from our five-minute conversation that Cary barely kept up with the Joneses, supporting his wife and young son with income from occasional film-editing jobs. I tasted the bitterness that coated his words, felt the chill of his failure seep into my bones. He had moved his family to Los Angeles in order to make it big in the movie biz. Around him, he saw people climbing the ladder of success, but he could not budge.
Don't let popular myths sway you. Your child doesn't care if you are male or female, so long as you are there to provide food and comfort and protection. Everything else is just learning and, believe me guys, women don't have some secret users-manual for children. Just like us, women start off in the dark and learn as they go, on their own and from family and friends.
When Kevin Pratt's wife, Sue, was offered a promotion at work, the couple was faced with a pivotal decision as they weighed the demands of careers and the need for child care."We decided it made sense...