11 Misconceptions of a Stay-at-Home Dad

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11 Misconceptions of a Stay-at-Home Dad

I have been a full time stay-at-home-dad (SAHD) for over 9 years. In that time, the family has grown from 4 of us to 10. Should I mention there is another one on the way? Over the years I have been indulging in laundry, dishes, cooking, and diaper changing. We've always had at least one child in diapers.

In the past 9 years I have learned a thing or two – or three. Being a stay-at-home-parent was not anything I had ever imagined. I remember thinking I’d be able to stay home and catch all the football games. Boy, was I wrong. Others were wrong about the job, too. I quickly realized that people don’t know what’s it’s truly like to be in the position of a stay-at-home-parent unless they experience it for themselves. Let me at least try to educate you.

For each of the 9 years that I've officially stayed home with the kids, there are 11 misconceptions people have about being a stay-at-home-dad.

1. Yippy! Football Games Galore
I had even planned to invite my friends over for some games. Move over diapers and baby food – bring on the steak sandwiches, cheese nachos, and hot wings.

You hear that?

It’s the sound of the buzzer when you get the answer wrong? Forget it. First off, friends don’t want to show up when you’re missing half the hail-marys because you’re chasing down kids or changing stinky diapers.

2. SAHDs must be Wimps
Others may perceive you as not so “tough” because we naturally connect the word nurture with being soft and delicate. Change 8 poops in one day and get pee in your eye and tell me you ain't tough.

3. SAHDs Cook Spaghetti O’s and Cut up Hot-Dogs With Every Meal
I even thought this at one time. Wrong again. I prepare dinner every single night (for ten of us) and I’m cooking zucchini boats, lasagnas, and spinach stuffed chicken breasts glazed with cheese, wrapped in bacon strips with sautéed mushrooms. That’s not even counting the side orders.

4. SAHDs Don’t Know How to call 9-1-1 After Lighting the Kitchen on Fire
If anyone has seen the movie Mrs. Doubt-fire you know what I’m talking about. Trust me when I say after a week in the kitchen every day, you know how to scurry around the room tactfully well.

5. SAHDs Babysit Until Mommy Arrives Home
I remember the first week of staying home. To my surprise, Mommy is just as tired at the end of a long day as Daddy is. It’s a full-time babysitting and teaching gig.

6. SAHDs Were Somehow Coerced into their Role
I knew from the start it was both me and my wife’s decision.

7. SAHDs have it Easy
How terrible that a SAHD would make their wife work while they get to sit home and relax. Think again. I typically imagine what it might be like to someday have the enjoyment of going back to work – you know – to get a much needed break.

8. SAHDs Can Nap When the Baby/Toddler Naps
Slap the buzzer again. I used to think this, too. Unfortunately, there is too much to pick-up before the neighbors happen to peer in and freak out at the mess. Nap-time for them equals chore time for you.

9. The SAHD’s Wife Would Rather be at Home Instead
Trust me when I say the wife is scrambling for the door in the morning so she can get an early start to her work day. Getting out the door can be a chore but when it finally happens, I can sense her relief as she flees the scene.

10. SAHDs – or Men in General – Can’t Multitask
You will learn. Oh… how you will learn! Men can’t multitask because they are rarely expected to. SAHDs really don’t have a choice.

11. SAHDs Can’t Breastfeed
Wait what? Okay so men can’t breastfeed, but they make things today that allow men to feed their baby breast milk from mommy. I never thought I would have to feed an infant because my wife had always breastfed. But when I started staying home and a new baby was born, I got to experience it firsthand.

These are just a few misconceptions about stay-at-home-dads. I have witnessed many more but these are the ones that stood out to me.

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