You know, the truth is that line could be any number of things. “Mr. Mom”, “baby sitter”, “Dad-mom”, or any number of other things. This is what people have said to me in the past, and “daddy day care” is just the most recent one.
By now I’m sure you’ve all heard the news–stay-at-home-dads are on the rise, there are 2-3 times as many of us as there were 10 years ago, we’re generally pretty happy to be doing what we’re doing–that’s all true. It’s tempting to write that there’s a lot more to who I am and what I do than the old, preconceived notions about being a stay-at-home-dad or even this new understanding of who we are. However, I’m really not sure that’s true. To be sure, I am a freelance writer and editor, self-acknowledged geek, bread-baker, sometime amateur actor, aficionado of both books and board games, and a lover of my wife and son.
When it comes down to it though, what I really am is a father, or more generally speaking–and perhaps more significantly–I am a parent. That’s all I do as a stay-at-home-dad. I parent. It’s nothing more noble, demeaning, or really even more complicated than that. While I’m busy parenting though, I want to share what it is to be me and the things I discover along the way–whether that’s a great new book/game/movie/cd for kids and families, the latest crazy or entertaining thing that has happened to me while I’m parenting, or even just some insight into how we can all be better parents, I hope you can find it here.
If you’re still along for the ride, feel free to find me on facebook (facebook.com/mommyisatwork) or twitter (twitter.com/mommyisatwork), and let me know what you think along the way.