I made the decision to become an at home dad over a year ago. When people ask me what I do, I tell them confidently that I get to spend everyday with my son. Sure, we spend a lot of time at home so naturally we get categorized into being called a “stay at home dad” (sahd), an “at home dad”, a “full-time dad”, or a “primary caregiver.” I am comfortable with these terms. However, I do not spend all day at home & the role of an involved dad is becoming a bit more common these days. Therefore, the term I enjoy most for an at-home dad is a “modern man.” In fact, when I shared the news with my school administration that I was going to be the primary caregiver for my son…my principal got on the loudspeaker and announced to the entire school that I was leaving education for a while to become a modern man!
The media loves the term “mr. mom” when referring to at-home dads, but most dads that I know who are in a similar situation truly dislike the term.
I’d like to hear what you think. If you’re an at-home dad, what would you like to be called?