What’s it *really* like to be a stay-at-home dad?
I know what you’re thinking: Stay-at-home dads have it made. Just imagine what it would be like to escape the rat race of the 9-to-5 work week. No more commutes on crowded highways. No more ungrateful bosses telling you what to do. Sounds like the life, right?
Except that now you’re on the clock 24/7, and your boss is a 2-year-old toddler who just threw her lunch against the wall.
Last September, I left my job as a full-time newspaper reporter and photographer to stay at home with my daughter, Olivia. She was about 17 months old at the time and my wife was heading back to work after her maternity leave. Instead of forking over hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars each month for childcare, we made the decision for me to stay home with her and work as a freelancer—a decision that more and more Canadian families are making, as a matter of fact. According to Statistics Canada, in 1976, the stay-at-home dad existed in only one in 70 Canadian families. By 2015, the stay-at-home dad (or SAHD, as we’re commonly referred to these days) could be found in 1 out of every 10 families.
Although it’s an increasingly common option, becoming a stay-at-home dad does present some unique challenges. To help you prepare, I’m sharing a few of the tips and tricks I’ve picked up over the past nine months.
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