Every couple of weeks, we try and feature an interview on this blog with a caring and involved father. The interview series continues with an active dad, Seth L. (pictured above with son Henry), who recently moved from the big city to Westchester. Here is our Q & A dialogue:
1. How did you come into the role of being an at home dad? I am a school teacher and my wife works full-time. Unfortunately my teaching position was terminated and I didn’t find another full time gig. So, it worked out well that I’m home raising my son while substituting here and there.
2. What is the best part of being an at home dad? Spending that quality time with my son that most father’s don’t get to do at this age. I really enjoy watching him grow every day and seeing all the new things he learns every day.
3. What is the most challenging part of being a stay at homedad? Isolation. It’s so vital to keep busy and to get out of the house. This benefits my son and most importantly keeps my sanity alive.
4. Everyone has tips. What kind of tips or best practices canyou share about being an at home dad? The best tip would be to adhere to a schedule as best as you can. My wife and I read the Babywise books and following their tips have been amazing. Also, you don’t have to be playing with your child all the time. It’s okay to give them some independent playtime while you do other things.
5. When you tell your friends about your situation of being anat home dad, how do they normally react? Most of my friends think it’s the greatest thing in the work, mainly because most of them hate working. However, I explain to them that I’m not just sitting around all day and that it’s a job in itself.
6. You are an at-home dad living in the suburbs in Westchester. Living in the suburbs, how would you describe the added benefits and/orchallenges in your role for those of us considering moving outof NYC? The challenges are finding other at-home dads up here. In NYC there are many more at-home dads to hang out with and many more things to do with the kids. The added benefits living up here is I have a house with alot of room so my little guy will have tons of place to explore. Also, it’s a lot easier to travel with him in a car then the public transportation options in the city.
7. Recently, you started a dads group in Westchester. Can you provide some details about that so interested dads know the scoop so they can join? My challenges being an at-home dad up here was keeping myself busy and finding things for my son to do. So, I decided to reach out to see if there were other dads up in the area. There are tons of things to do up here like free classes, readings at librarys and even visiting each others houses. Feel free to join my Meetup group. The URL is http://www.meetup.com/The-Westchester-Dads-Group/
In fact, our first meet up event is coming up next week- Rock ‘n Roll Party @ Groove Perfoming Arts in Larchmont.