Tough Times a Boom Time for Stay-at-Home Fathers , by Kirsten Stewart at The Salt Lake Tribune, provides a glimpse into the world of at-home-dads in Utah as a result of the economy. I know what you are saying, “here is another article about dads affected by the economic downturn.” True. The dads in this article realize the importance of spending quality time with their kids, and it is a worthwhile read.
Scott, a recent at-home-dad in Utah, was forced into his new role due to a layoff at his company. His wife returned to the workforce & now he is the primary caregiver. “A lot of women in our neighborhood were in my wife’s social network. I don’t interact with them much,” said Scott. “You get looks and side comments. They joke about whether I’ve learned to do laundry yet or cook.” His comments hold true for many at-home-dads across the country. In my experience, I get a lot of looks and comments – most of which have been very positive. Additionally, I find that if I travel around with two or more dads, the looks/comments increase.
I am curious to hear from other at-home-dads about the types of looks/comments you have experienced. Positive? Negative?