Thanks to CNN/Money for including the NYC Dads Group in their story today about the rise of at-home dads, More Men Choosing Kids Over Career. We’ve come along way from the press articles about the bumbling “Mr. Mom” who was forced into his role as at-home dad because he had no options. The article does a nice job portraying couples that are making decisions based on what is good for their families rather than traditional roles or stereotypes. Though the story focuses mostly on the economics of the decision for couples, Lance was able to say that it’s much more than that:
“Too often, we hear that it’s the economy that forces dads into these roles and that’s certainly a part of it, but I would love to shatter that stereotype,” Somerfeld said. “Being my son’s primary caregiver is something I have truly cherished and embraced and never looked back.”
We know that there are many reasons men are increasing their role as caregivers, whether they stay at home or not. The article quotes are friend Jeremy Adam Smith:
“There are a lot of guys out there that had remote relationships with their own fathers and they don’t want that with their kids,” added Jeremy Adam Smith, a one-time stay-at-home dad and author of The Daddy Shift. “It’s not just stay-at-home dads — fathers in general are participating more in their children’s lives.”
We look forward to more stories that uncover the many layers to these decisions.
Thanks again to CNN/Money for including Lance and his story – More Dads Staying Home with Their Kids.