The ups and downs of stay-at-home fatherhood

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If you’re considering quitting your job to become a full-time, stay-at-home dad, you’re not alone. Recent research show that more and more new dads are thinking of staying at home to take care of the kids and the household, while women are taking more of a career-oriented role.

Knowing the perks and perils of staying at home can help you decide if you should go down that parental path.

The ups: Security, less expenses, freedom and flexibility

One advantage of staying at home is being able to directly supervise the care and education of your child without the fear of a babysitter neglecting them or someone else teaching them what you don’t want them to learn. Because you’re always home, you don’t have to shell out more money for babysitters or daycare.

And because you don’t have to keep a schedule, you are in total control of your time; you can take the kids out whenever you want if the weather permits, or just stay home and watch movies if it’s raining or too cold to go out. No need to follow an itinerary – just go with the flow.

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The downs: Distractions and lack of social contact

Unlike the office where you can be very productive, the home offers a lot of distractions. Taking a nap, getting something to eat, and watching TV are some of the things that can take your attention away from your kids, unless it’s something you can do together. Staying at home all the time can also take its toll on your social circle, since you have to stay and take care of the kids the whole day. Nights out with buddies or a simple dinner with friends could be a thing of the past.

It’s best to talk about it with your wife to assess your current situation and see if staying at home will be beneficial or not to you and your family.

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I’m Christopher J. Keehner and I am a simple family man. To know more about my thoughts on fatherhood and family, subscribe to my blog.