Relationship with a primary caretaker vs. working parent

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Relationship with a primary caretaker vs. working parent

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Since I am the stay-at-home dad, since I'm the stay-at-home parent, my two children naturally respond - I wouldn't say differently to my wife, but they respond appropriately to her situation. She leaves early in the morning to go to work. She has a very intense job. She comes home at 6:30 or 7:00 o'clock at night. She's been working all day long. They greet her enthusiastically when she comes home because they haven't seen her. They are also very aware of the fact that she works very hard. They greet her very supportively, lovingly, and compassionately. I'm not saying they don't greet me that way, because mine is able to be more time-released throughout the day. They respond to me as the infrastructure or discipline parent, and they respond to my wife as the fun, relief parent. That's fine. That's the way our roles are and that's the way it should be.

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Scott Lenz

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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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