Being a stay at home dad is by far the most rewarding and fun job I have ever had. I never in a million years before I had my son would have imagined I would be a stay at home dad. I bet truth be told there are very few guys whose goal in life it is to be a stay at home dad, but if that is your goal then more power to you buddy.
Being a stay at home dad was sort of thrust upon me as it made much more financial sense for my wife to go back to work than me. I was not really a “baby” person before I had my own so I was kind of going into the whole dad thing blind, but I was sure I would be fine.
Being a stay at home mum is something that really is accepted in society. If you are a stay at home mum and you tell people that is your job, people think nothing of it, but if you are a stay at home dad you can bet you will get many awkward smiles followed by a “oh that’s great”
Anyway one thing that I really want to share with you guys about my time as a stay at home dad is the importance of getting your butt (and the babies butt of course) out of the house. Staying in all day will do you no good at all. Trust me on this I know what I am talking about. Especially in the early days when all your baby will literally do is eat, sleep and poop. Put them in the buggy and get out and about.
Really being a stay at home dad is a wonderful thing, but it can like I said be very isolating…
Go for walks around your town. Even if it’s just to pop up the street and grab a pint of milk its better than being stuck in the house being isolated. Isolated is a key word here as it can be very easy to isolate yourself when you are a stay at home dad. I know from own personal experience that at first I hated going out because I would dread having that awkward conversation with some stranger about how I am a stay at home dad. Which I really do regret as there is nothing wrong at all with being the one to stay at home looking after your kid.
As I live in the UK we pretty much only have three kinds of weather and they all involve rain, but that is no excuse to lock yourself up. You can buy a great set of rain covers and some really nice and warm blankets that will have your baby wrapped up and be as warm as if they were still in the house. And as for you, well just put on a jacket, hat, scarf and gloves and you will be fine.
Really being a stay at home dad is a wonderful thing, but it can like I said be very isolating so make sure you do at least once a day get out of the house.