My family is what I like to say is the "Role Reversal" type of family. Most families have either both parents working or the mother is a stay at home mom. In our house, it has been the opposite for many years. I am the working mother who gets up and goes to the office for 10 hours a day, meeting deadlines, working with my project manager, attending the meetings, and the whole nine yards. While my husband is the one who has taken on the stay at home dad stuff.
While I have actually gotten some grief and some negative remarks about this, I see nothing wrong with the woman being the bread winner while the male is more involved with the home and children. I don't know why people would criticize a dad who stayed at home and did things with his children, but there are people who have made it clear to me they think it's wrong.
Now, it's not how we planned or wanted it to be. My husband had his dream job but things fell threw and he had no choice but to take on the role of staying home. As much as we both wish the roles could be reversed, it works for us. I notice he has more patience with our daughter then I do. And I really like that.
He gets up early every morning, cooks us breakfast, gets her a shower, picks out her clothes, packs her lunch, does her hair, takes her to school, picks her up from school, helps her with homework, and then has dinner ready when I come home from work. He really is a good dad. However, the one thing I wished he did was housework...then it would be the complete dream stay at home parent. So I take on cleaning the house on my days off and do the laundry.
I honestly cannot wait for the day til I am able to stay at home with our children, especially since we are about to welcome baby number two. I do love my job though and I love my family. So why does society give dads who stay at home a hard time? Would you prefer the role reversal in your household?
Written by Rebecca from Let Them Eat Cake
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