Tips for stay-at-home dads

Armin Brott, Dad, Author & Radio Host, shares advice on the challenges faced by stay-at-home dads and offers tips on how to overcome those challenges
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Tips for stay-at-home dads

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If you are a stay-at-home dad or thinking about becoming one at any point, it's going to be a bit of a life changer. Part of the reasons is that there is practically no support out there for stay-at-home dads. There's a ton of support for stay-at-home moms. When I was a stay-at-home dad, one of the things that would just annoy the heck out of me is that I would be out walking the kids in the middle of the day, and someone would say, "Oh are you babysitting?" I'd say, "No, I'm not babysitting. I'm taking care of my children." Or I'm taking my children clothes shopping and someone would say, "Where's there mother?" "I don't know where their mother is, does it matter? I'm here to buy clothes. You want my money or you don't want my money?" So you have to be prepared for things like that. People don't get it. They will say, "Oh, I hope you find a job some time soon." You have a job. This is the job I'm doing. Look for opportunities where you can get support. One of the greatest opportunities is other dads. The problem is how to find them. There are not that many stay-at-home dads. As you are at a park, if you see a guy sitting in the corner, far from the group of women on the other side, that's probably a stay-at-home dad. Go talk to him. The problem is that we don't like go to congregate in that way, but if you eavesdrop on the women, they are finding out all sorts of fantastic deals on diapers, or who is the best babysitter, or where are some fantastic activities. We're missing out on all that. You may think you are a new dad and not know all that much stuff. You know stuff and can help other people. They know stuff that can help you. So connect with other dads. There are websites if you look on Google for "at home dad" you will find websites of where there are playgroups of other stay-at-home dads. Make those connections.

Armin Brott, Dad, Author & Radio Host, shares advice on the challenges faced by stay-at-home dads and offers tips on how to overcome those challenges

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Armin Brott

Dad, Author & Radio Host

A former Marine, Armin Brott has devoted the last 15 years to providing men with the tools, support, and knowledge to help them become the fathers they want to be—and their families need them to be. His seven critically acclaimed books for fathers have sold well over a million copies. Titles include The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips, and Advice for Dads-to-Be and The New Father: A Dad’s Guide to the First Year. He has written on fatherhood for hundreds of newspapers and magazines and is a frequent guest on such television programs as the Today Show. He also writes a nationally syndicated newspaper column (Ask Mr. Dad), and hosts a syndicated radio show (Positive Parenting). He lives with his family in Oakland, California.

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