Fitting in as a stay-at-home dad

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Fitting in as a stay-at-home dad

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I’ve been a stay-at-home dad since 2003. The very next year, I was actually president of my daughter’s preschool and I was in charge of a board of 13 women. And so it was kind of trial by fire, because I was either going to be accepted by the women, most of whom were stay-at-home moms, or I wasn’t. And I found that that was exactly the case. I was and I wasn’t. I was accepted by some of them as having the legitimacy of being a stay-at-home parent, whereas others, I was thought of to be a wannabe of sorts. And if we flash forward 7 or 8 years to the PTA meetings I go to at my kids current school, inevitably when the chatter dies down and it’s time to get to the agenda and the PTA president knocks on the mike and clears her throat and says, “Good morning, ladies.” And then they go into the agenda and you would think that there were no men in the room at all. And to some extent, that’s fine. To another extent, I wish that I could be acknowledged more for the fact that I am part of the social paradigm shift. But more often than not, it’s not up to me.

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Scott Lenz

Stay-at-Home Dad

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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