I am a believer in equality, though I am not exactly the UKs premier aficionado on the subject. You won’t find me shouting badly versed chants down Westminster in some kind of misplaced act of defiance. However, if Emmeline Pankhurst was on twitter, I would probably follow her.
With our adoption reaching its precipice of excitement and anxiety, now is the time to ‘fess up, that our little dynamic world involves me being the primary carer for our son. I am to be a stay at home dad.
2013 sees me join the ranks of the growing army of father’s looking to forgo the traditional bread-winning roles of men, and push back the boundaries of equality; home make in a society that is open and forgiving.
Strange then, that some people continue to view me through cynical and judgmental eyes; my apparent lack of ambition illustrates the apathy that my generation is currently presenting.
Lacking ambition? It has shifted course, but what could be more ambitious than raising a child? At a time when his young brain is being moulded, and he soaks up his world like a fresh sponge, I can give no greater gift than that of my time.
This year is not a gap in my CV, it is my crowning glory as a father.
With this in mind, the blog has evolved to that effect. It will begin to demonstrate, not that of becoming a father, but actually being a father; living it, buying the cap, and wearing the tee shirt.
I pause for thought at this junction though. Many people who have followed me have done so, because they share the anguish my wife and I experienced in getting to this point. To start writing as a father is not an intention to gloat. It is an opportunity to document me becoming a father, to share my education as I experience it, and to communicate specifically what it is to be an adoptive parent.
So onwards into a brave new world, a world where I am a kept man, but a happy one. Onwards to cooking, cleaning, and pinny-wearing glory.
I think Emmeline would be proud.
About the Author: Andrew McDougallAndrew is an adoptive father, and stay at home dad. Having adopted his son in January 2013, he is a new adoptive parent, but well versed in the adoption process. He is a married, coffee drinker, Xbox addict, and a graduate of Marketing. Andrew McDougall is an alias he uses to protect the identity of his adopted son.
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