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Stay at home dads may be suspiciously watched by mothers at the playground. New statistics indicate that stay at home fathers have increased by over 60% since 2004 (APA Monitor). Research is suggesting that stay at home dads are doing well psychologically and experience marital satisfaction.
One word of advice, is to not call them Mr. Mom.
A benefit to father's staying home with their children is that a father's job is being redefined. There are several reasons that influence a dad's decision to stay home with his kids. Decisions that were noted include their wives' stronger earning potential, their own desire to be a primary caretaker and the apprehension that both mother and father have about allowing someone else to care for their children.
Not surprisingly, men who stayed home with their children were more likely to be affectionate and nurturing. Regardless of the men being happy and confident in their decision to raise their children, a social stigma still remains. Family and friends voice their mixed reactions to the care-taking arrangement. Similar to female care-takers, men also miss the daily adult interaction and stimulation.
Being a stay at home father may also isolate the men from other full-time parents. Sadly, some stay at home dads reported being rejected from play-groups. Given such information, it is pertinent that father's are provided with support by creating daddy-friendly playgroups, or online support networks where stay-at-home dads can share stories, attain parenting suggestions and find a sense of camaraderie in the elation and challenge that raising children offers. For more information, please contact Dr. Drecun at [Link Removed]