Should Dads Stay Home With the Kids?
Are Dad's Good Caregivers?
You won't need to look far to see a bumbling irresponsible male attempting to care for young children, but is this depiction of men reality? As a stay at home dad, I must say that it is not easy taking care of small children. There are diapers to be changed, dinners to be cooked, and a number of teaching activities throughout the day. I have been a stay at home dad off and on for a number of years. My wife is a Lactation Consultant and unashamedly, she makes quite a bit more money than I could. Truth be told I have a hard time being a stay at home dad, but my wife and I made a decision long ago that one of us would stay at home rather than send our children to daycare or public school. There will be a time that my wife stays home and I go back to work, until that time comes, I am committed to being a responsible caregiver to my 4 children. As a stay at home dad, I believe there are a number of benefits children reap:
Benefits of Being A Stay at Home Dad
- There are no daycare expenses.
- I am completely responsible for their safety. There are no worries of Nanny abuse or need for hidden cameras.
- I am personally responsible for their education. If I want them to learn about God, then I can teach them this without worrying about someone undoing all of my hard work.
- In most cases, children obey their father a bit easier than their mother. Perhaps this is due to stronger discipline, not completely certain, but it is this way in my home.
- In my home, I prefer a tighter routine than my wife. As creatures of habit, children do better when they know what is expected of them.
There are obviously negative aspects of dads staying home with their children, but for the sake of this article I am only indicating the positive.