The US Census reports that 32% of married fathers (approximately 7 million dads) are a “regular source of care for their children under age 15, up from 26% from 2002.” Family life today definitely looks a little different than it has in the past. Shoot, there are so many work at-home dads that a network was necessary, The National At-Home Dad Network.
These dads may be at home due to job loss, telecommuting, running a small business from home, or just making the decision to be the primary caregiver in their family. If you are an at-home dad, do your best to be an All Pro Dad. Here are 5 ways you can be a work-at-home All Pro Dad. Also, here are 5 Things That Your Kids Can Do For You.
1. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Let’s be honest, there are some things that mom does naturally. If you are at home with the kids, your learning curve may be greater. Do not be afraid to seek help from someone who gets it.
2. Realize your job is important even if you are not the primary breadwinner.
One of the challenges in being an at-home dad may be coming to grips with not being #1 in the income category, or dealing with those who may see that as less of a man. If you are married, you are a team and each team member has an important role. Your role at home is important and, when done well, can help you win as a team.
3. Be flexible.
When you leave the home for work, each day can be somewhat predictable. But staying at home, especially with young kids, can be very unpredictable. Yes, you have your schedule and day plans laid out, but sometimes your kids don’t get the memo. Be flexible and ready to adjust when you are at home.
4. Have fun with it.
Most dads wish they could spend more time with their kids. You may be one of those dads. Take advantage of it and have fun. Enjoy all the time you are getting with your kids. Enjoy all the activities you can participate in with them. Be like a kid, but a kid who handles their responsibilities.
5. Be patient.
Your patience will be tested. Trying to get out of the house on time will take on a whole new meaning. The need to repeat yourself before something gets done will become all too familiar. When you become an All Pro Dad at home, you will need to develop patience to handle it all.
Huddle Up Question
“We spend a lot of time together each day. My goal is to make every minute count, so I will do all I can to make sure this happens.”