The stay at home dad is a peculiar beast. Relatively new to society; we are still a little young to have others form stereotypes of us – or so I would like to believe.
This list will hopefully expand the minds of those ready to judge, or perhaps confirm your suspicions about what really goes through the heads of stay at home dads.
We enjoy cleaning the kitchen
We fancy ourselves as the next Gordon Ramsey
The stay at home dad if anything like me, will spend more and more time in the kitchen; if not cleaning it, then using it to supply our family with wholesome food. The thing is, the more time we spend there, the more we think we will land a celebrity chef spot on prime time TV. I may have the mouth of Gordon Ramsey, but my cooking is more Gordon the Gopher.
We like changing nappies
Well sort of anyway. It gives us a sense of achievement, and that kudos we seek when we go to parent and toddler groups, or is it just me?
We want to be a dishy daddy
The term ‘yummy mummy’ may offend some people, but we stay at home dads beat our chests with pride if we hear the term ‘dishy daddy’ and our own name in the same sentence.
We use children as our excuse to go on bouncy castles
We use our children for weight training
Forget the gym, the ultimate workout is chasing after a toddler with a sugar rush. Time everything right and you can have a great cardiovascular workout followed by a few bench presses. You run the risk of the child dribbling on your face, but most stay at home dads would take that if they know they are working a major muscle group, and their son is giggling away uncontrollably.
We want a matching outfit for our son
This may sound tacky to a lot of people, but there is something lovingly twee about a little boy rocking up to a wedding in some gaudy pink suit quickly followed by a larger scale replica of said suit. It is pretty much the only time you can look like an idiot, and people applaud you for it.
We enjoy shopping for our kids
As men, we ensure we peruse the alcohol isle and the meat section of the supermarket on any given visit. Stay at home dads, on the other hand, experience a certain comfort with going through the supermarket clothing section, as long as they have their child in tow. What is more, it is not unknown to get a bit misty eyed when we spot the jumper that says ‘Daddy’s little superstar’.
We have a new found respect for single parents
I have shared my love of single parents before, but I will say it again. When your day is spent chasing after a toddler, you are tired, when you do it constantly day in and day out, with no back up, it is a miracle you remain on your feet.
We are proud when they exert their authority
A smile of pride lit my face when my boy pushed over another boy twice his age, and the latter started crying. This makes me callous, and you may well think it a stupid thing to say. I am not condoning violence or bullying in any way whatsoever, and I made the wee man apologise. However, it was an accident, and clearly no malice was intended.
To know that my son has the physical presence to look after himself reassures me that whilst at school he is less likely to be on the receiving end of a thick ear.
It is my job to ensure he learns to carry himself in a manner that avoids confrontation in the first place, and I will do that, but playground scuffles happen at this age. I won’t be losing any sleep over it just yet.
We play Xbox during nap time
I doubt the raising of eyebrows will happen with this revelation. Stay at home dads may not be as efficient as their female counterparts when it comes to home-making (maybe we are) but when it comes to squeezing in 15 minutes of the Xbox, the procrastination disappears and we somehow manage it. We find a gap in the day just long enough to fire up pro evolution, but not long enough to … say… put on a wash. That is what I call ‘stay at home dad time’.
That is that. Maybe my take on stay at home dads is a personal one, and maybe we are all different, but I bet some of this list rings true for you – tell me what you think, please leave a comment below.