As an at-home dad for almost three years now (my son will be 3 in July), it’s amazing how many of my dad group friends just recently had their second child or are expecting this summer. One buddy joked, that having a second child just extended his role as an at-home dad for at least three more years until that child reaches nursery school age. He is not the only stay at home dad I know who has expressed this fact. What’s wonderful is these dads are excited about it! The notion of spending a few more years at home and being an integral part of their children’s life is what gets these dads pumped up. Fantastic!
For me, we only have one child. Being surrounded by all of these new babies gets you wondering – do we keep rolling with our family “as is” and only have one child? Isn’t it more fair to have two children so our son has a playmate and friend for life and things are more balanced? or do we SUPERSIZE our family (having 4+ children) like some other NYC families?
The only thing I am sure about at the moment…is that we will not be supersizing. I have a hard time managing one child – how am I supposed to take responsibility for four or five kids? And, it’s got to cost a small fortune! The only upside is that you could take on the role of an at-home dad for almost a lifetime with that many kids.
Is it really a status symbol to have four or more kids in New York City? Read about some of these Supersized NYC families (article by Sara Stewart – NY Post) and decide for yourself.
At-home parents: Do you consider the longevity of your role as an at-home parent when planning the size of your family?