The interview series continues with an-home-dad living in Guadalajara, Mexico. Here is another caring & involved father sharing his honest accounts of the at-home-dad role. I believe these interviews enable other dads (and moms) out there to hear some of the truths about this growing trend. Here is a “spotlight” on David (pictured above), father of two toddler boys, Gavin and Quinn. Originally from the San Francisco area, he has been home with Gavin since he was born, first in Argentina then for the last 2+ years in Mexico. NYC Dads Group member, Jeff G., was responsible for connecting David & I for this interview. Jeff said that “I’ve enjoyed listening to David detail the joys and tribulations of raising kids overseas, and I’ve called him many times for advice. I imagined him as being, to borrow something from the New Yorker, our “far flung” stay at home dad – Contrasting his experience with the NYC experience would be interesting for other dads to hear.” I completely agree with Jeff, so Below is the Q&A between David & I.
After the first year in Argentina, I found that beyond studying Spanish four hours a day, walking the dog, also four hours a day I was pretty bored.
So by luck, or divine intervention, my wife became pregnant with our son.
So then the question of defining myself became a whole lot easier. That was 2005. Since then we have had our second son. We now live in Guadalajara, Mexico. In Argentina I was lucky to have a maid in the house five days a week, plus she acted as a stand-in nanny and babysitter. In Mexico, hired help is in fact more expensive than the US if you are seeking qualified domestic help that includes being a nanny. So I am pretty much on my own to run the show, which is a challenge in that cleaning and organizing can become my preoccupation over playing with the boys or giving them something constructive and fun to do.