In general, daddying is challenging. One key to success is finding the humor in it. Sometimes, when your child throws the meal on the floor that you just spent thirty minutes preparing, it can be difficult to laugh about it. Or, when your child decides to get up at 5am to start their day, it can be hard to find something positive about it. Therefore, I constantly remind myself to reflect, keep a good sense of humor, & look on the bright side of things.
One stay-at-home dad that I enjoyed meeting last year at the annual at-home-dad convention is Shannon Carpenter. This guy, hailing out of Kansas City, is a true character. More importantly, he is an at-home dad role model for finding the humor in parenting. His latest post, What it is Like to Be a SAHD, provides meaningful and honest insight into what it is like to take on the role of an at-home dad. He does a great job of spreading his vibrant personality throughout the blog entry addressing topics like household chores, watching daytime TV, being referred to as Mr. Mom, adaptability, and children’s milestones. You can’t help but laugh (and agree) when he describes what he and other dads talk about – “sports and breasts.” Add some potty humor to that as well!
Shannon Carpenter writes, “The most often asked question I get is “What do you guys talk about?” in reference to me and my stay at home dad friends. Some people think that because we take care of the kids that we forget what it’s like to be men. In reality, we never forget what it’s like to be men.” AGREED! I get this question a lot as well and have talked about it here before.
Any other dads care to share what being a SAHD is all about…