From other men? Women seem to really appreciate the idea of a Stay At Home Dad (SAHD). But when I told some of my male ex-coworkers and family members I was quitting my corporate job to be a SAHD and live out my dream of working at home full time, I was often given these peculiar looks that only another man can recognize. It's that "Damn your wife got you whipped!" or "What A Bitch?" look. Sadly, I often found myself trying to explain that this was my idea and something I dreamt about doing all my life. And the stay at home dad part was more of an added benefit that was apparent when I learned that I "knocked up" my wife. (lol).
Honestly my retirement just happen to align with the new addition of our family purely by coincidence. I wish I could take credit and said I planned it like this. And it definitely had less to do with the fact that my wife pimp smacked me into being a stay at home dad. I'll be the first to admit, She does have some freaky jeidi mind influence on other aspects of my life like the fact I find myself loathing things I once loved before meeting her. Damn her and her mind tricks! lol However this was really my decision that obviously she supported fully!
But all men hear is that you're quitting your great paying job to be "Mr. Mom." Needless to say it doesn't really bother me. At the end of the day I have achieved a financial freedom that most 9-5'ers won't reach until their retirement ages. No disrespect to you 9-5ers, but I never want to go back. When I really think about what my life has become, I'm more of a WAHD, Work At Home Dad than a SAHD.
Think about it, I'm going to be busy raising and caring for my new baby girl while juggling my 3 websites and a fledgling Internet marketing consulting business, (Shameless plugs.) all at the same time. I dare to say that most of my male counter-parts in the corporate world will only scratch the surface of that type of work load and responsibility. Furthermore I'm sure I'll have way more fulfillment and joy in my life pursuing this dream.
So in the great words of Riley from the BoonDocks, I say to all ye caveman counter-parts, "Stop the hate crimes!" Don't hate, participate or congratulate. LMAO.
What do you guys think? Why are men viewed differently if they decide to stay at home with the kids? Share your comments below.