Transitioning to being a stay-at-home dad

Adrian Kulp, Author & Blogger, explains the transition of becoming a stay-at-home dad, and offers advice on how to make the transition easier
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Transitioning to being a stay-at-home dad

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How did I transition from being an executive doing a regular day job into being a stay-at-home dad? I would say poorly. It took a lot from me; after being in the workforce since I was probably 13 years old, bringing me up till now, where I am 36. I had always been very self-sufficient; I had always felt as if I should probably be the breadwinner. So for me to exit the workforce and go into the position where I am a stay-at-home dad was a tough pill to swallow. I think for men it's a little more difficult; I think that there was a bit of a pride issue with me, I know that my self-confidence and self-esteem, and self-worth took a big hit, but I think you need to fight back. You need to create a mandate for yourself to get out of the house once a day; find a mommy or a daddy group; go to the playgrounds. I know in the beginning for a few weeks with me making that transition, I had stayed in and had become a bit of a recluse, and it doesn't really help you - I think you become depressed. I had to create that mandate for myself to get out

Adrian Kulp, Author & Blogger, explains the transition of becoming a stay-at-home dad, and offers advice on how to make the transition easier

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Adrian Kulp

Author & Blogger of Dad or Alive

Adrian Kulp is a stay-at-home dad for three kids under the age of 7.  His popular blog, ‘Dad or Alive’ helped him procure a deal at Penguin Publishing, titled Dad or Alive: Confessions of an Unexpected Stay-at-home Dad.  He also writes for The Huffington Post and is preparing a comedic lecture based on his transition into fatherhood. Adrian is a former TV executive both for Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison and Chelsea Handler’s Borderline Amazing Productions, as well as the comic booker for ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’ on CBS. Adrian's feature article 'Breaking Binky' was recently published in the February 2017 issue of Parents Magazine. This spring, he was nominated for a Shorty Award in Parenting, as well as an IRIS Award for 'Dad Blog of the Year' at the annual Mom 2.0 Summit held in Orlando.

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