Thought Catalog: Supporting Stay-at-Home Dads

Posted June 1, 2014 by jimhigley

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The following recent headline on Time.com made me stop dead in my Internet tracks: Don’t Let Your Husband Be a Stay-At-Home Dad.

Seriously? Are people still trying to make the case that men aren’t qualified caregivers? That nurturing isn’t within a guy’s comfort zone? Why are we continuing to give airtime and headlines to antiquated attitudes about men based on old-fashioned, tired stereotypes? And please, please, please don’t tell me this is a dusted-off story from 2002 that uses the term “Mr. Mom” — as if to suggest that a man who cares for his children is only a surrogate for what kids really need: Mom.

So I clicked through to the story. And I know, I should have treated it like road kill and looked the other way. But I couldn’t resist the temptation. (READ MORE…)

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  • Holly Moore

    I don’t see anything wrong with the concept of stay-at-home dads. At least one of the parents are there for the child or children. My own father had to completely care for me and my two older brothers when my mother fell ill. I was 14 at the time. He had to work full-time with his construction company, cook and clean, help my brothers, and still had time to take me to my ballet recitals and teach me my math homework. All, while he and I had to care for my mother. He was an amazing man, and I was lucky to have had him in my life.