Benefits of having a parent-at-home as a primary caregiver

Mark Staufer, Co-Creator of Dadsaster, shares advice for parents on the benefits of having a parent-at-home as the primary caregiver for your baby
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Benefits of having a parent-at-home as a primary caregiver

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Well you know I think there are a lot of benefits for both the kids and the dads in terms of the dad being the primary caregiver. I'm not going to get into today how much better dads are than moms, because I'm married to a mom, and I have a very precarious sex life with her at best. So I don't want any of that rescinded. But I would just say that I think moms can be a little risk averse, and I think with dads, there is this dangerous element we bring to the table with our kids. There's a lot more rough and tumble. It's a lot more physical. There's a lot more laughter, I think. Potentially there is anyway. I'm not saying that could go horribly wrong at any moment, because it does. There are the odd dad-sasters when dads are involved. However, mostly, no one gets hurt. Mostly, there are no visits to the hospital. And mostly I think we provide pretty good memories for our kids and exciting moments at home. And for me, not having had a father, it has been a wondrous opportunity to try and practice parenting skills myself, discover this whole world that I had never seen before. I didn't have anything to base my fatherhood on, so I had to start from scratch. I had to do my own research. But you know what? I think a lot of it is intuitive. And I think that dads particularly freak out when they find out that their partner's pregnant, as I did. Dads are never ready to be parents. Some of them pretend that they are. But until that moment you see the child, actually that's not right, because you freak out even more. When you're in the delivery theater you freak out completely when you see that baby. But at some stage, there is this intuition that kicks in and you find this wisdom within yourself to be a great dad. Everyone's got the potential to do it. You've just got to surrender to it, I guess. Embrace it.

Mark Staufer, Co-Creator of Dadsaster, shares advice for parents on the benefits of having a parent-at-home as the primary caregiver for your baby

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Mark Staufer

Co-Creator, Dadsaster

Mark Staufer is a New Zealand native living in Los Angeles with his wife and two children. Mark and his co-host, Bryan Erwin have a blog and podcast about the gnarly responsibilities of being fathers. Mark and Bryan can be seen nightly on Disney Jr in their show “Dads."  

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