Advice for stay-at-home dads

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Advice for stay-at-home dads

If a father came up to me and said, "I'm considering being a stay-at-home dad. What advice would you give me?" I mean, there's a litany of advice. But I think the main thing is be sure that you want to make this switch in identity. It's not just like turning a light switch on and off, stay-at-home dad, professional dad. There are so many other aspects, socially , culturally, etc. that you're gonna have to deal with that you're not even aware of. So I would say: Do you want to become this, essentially, new person? Do you want to step into this role that's traditionally been held by someone else? And own it and man up and do it and do it right. Don't be calling your wife at 11:00 if soup is boiling over; don't be a fool. Just get it under control. And that's a good way to think about all the things you're gonna have to deal with. Just get it under control and do it and adopt that new identity.

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Scott Lenz was born in Lewisberg, Pennsylvania. By the time he reached 9th grade, he had been to eight schools, which explains a lot about his social awkwardness. However, his wife Suzanne and two kids - Jaron, 13 and Georgia, 10 - went to less than five schools combined, so it all evens out.

He was the original rat mascot for Chuck E. Cheese, and since then has been a record store manager, music journalist, television documentarian and, most recently and importantly, a stay-at-home dad. His single greatest hope is that ABBA will one day reunite.

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