Maybe It’s Not So Weird

Posted March 17, 2011 by jimhigley

I had a story in The Good Men Project Magazine last week titled The Weird World of a Single Dad where I shared some ramblings about life as a single parent. My hope was that it put a tiny spotlight on the fact that – for the most part – parent are parents regardless of their situation.

And perhaps I was trying to break down a few stereotypes that, at least in my experience, continue to place dads (and moms) back in some of the roles that existed in our parent’s generation.

All that as background, I think that’s why I enjoyed reading Guy Raz’ guest blog in The Atlantic for Jim Fallows recently. Guy is the host of NPR’s Weekends on All Things Considered – not a bad gig if you can get it. What caught my attention, however, was the fact that Guy is one of the 158,000 – or more – stay-at-home-dads in our country who are either the full-time or part-time caregiver of their children.

Guy’s typical week has him home Mondays and Tuesdays where he provides 100% of the care for his 2-year-old son, leaving the balance of the week for his NPR responsibilities, including his weekly national program on Saturdays and Sundays.

His article was nothing more than a diary, of sorts, of the world he lives in. Period. And I found it fantastically refreshing to peek into the world he and his wife have created for their family.

And truth is, I think if made me feel just a little less weird about the world that is mine. I’d be curious to hear what others think…