Calling All Dads

There has been a considerable amount of outrage lately throughout the dad community, particularly the dad blogging community, over a label. In its “Who’s Minding the Kids?” report, the U.S. Census Bureau refers to stay-at-home dads as “child care,” even though those dads are obviously the primary care providers in the family. Essentially, babysitters. The report also lists moms as the Read More...

A NEW PHENOMENON, THE STAY AT HOME DAD

“Stay at home dad” used to be an embarrassing phrase.  But, as more and more families cope with the rising cost of daycare and the high unemployment rate, more families are opting to leave egos aside and let the higher earner of the home stay at work while the other spouse brings in the money to support the family.  These days the high earner could just as easily be the mom, leaving the dad to take care of th Read More...

Respect Must Be Earned

Despite the fact that I have been successfully parenting my two children as a stay at home Dad for almost 2 years, I had been reduced in her tirade to a bumbling dumb man incapable of the parenting competence of a woman.

My wife had unexpectedly returned from her commute to work last week one morning. An overturned tractor trailer had made the road impassable prompting her to work from home rather than sit in unbearable traffic for several hours. Understandably, her stress laden experience had caused her to be irritable which was quite obvious from the tone of her voice. I listened to her vent, helped her get settled, and she be Read More...

A little whining from the token SAHD

Juggling three kids is not an easy task and I want some respect for it damit. Now this isn’t going to be one of those “nobody respects the stay at home dad” whining sessions but I’m getting a little cranky with the judgements. Last night we were at the library for story time. They have this time where kids can come in their jammies and have a story, sing some songs, and play a game or two. I Read More...

Even the Stay at home dads need balance

The Work/Life balance takes on a different meaning when your a stay at home dad. For us Work is the family and life seems to be a complete unknown to me. I am not finding a good balance right now for a couple of reasons I will try to illustrate.

When we started this blog there were three stay at home dads in the Revolution but now that the dust has settled a bit I find I am the only one still going. I feel like I need to stand strong and represent the cause in a sea of great working dads, but at the same time the numbers seem a bit more balanced. While there are more and more men staying at home to raise the kids, whether by choice or necessity, the number Read More...

Sharing the love: Living Room Forts

Having grown up with a father that built high rises and suspension bridges I knew a thing or two about the proper way to build a fort and used a lot of those tricks yesterday. First we gathered lots of blankets, sending the boys to raid the guest rooms and linen closets for supplies.

Before heading out to the boat that would take us off shore we had to go over some safety issues first. How to get in and out of a basket for helicopter rescue and how to swing on a rope. Now I understood the basket rescue part, but didn’t know why maneuvering a rope swing was necessary for life out on the platform. Would we be swinging around like Tarzan from deck to deck? We made the thirty minute ride f Read More...

Planning our first camping trip AB (After Baby)

Although Michigan has beautiful parks and places for camping, there are two factors which make camping not so enjoyable for me: unpredictable weather (more work for me) and black flies (unreal how much they love to chew on me). However, I’m always eager to score points with my lovely wife so I am currently working on planning our descent into hell, er…um our a camping trip.

My wife loves camping and has been bugging me to plan a camping trip for the three of us. Let’s just say I don’t share her excitement. I used to love camping, but as I have gotten older it has become more reminiscent of work than relaxation. I blame this partly on the fact I worked for a residential treatment center where taking delinquent kids camping was part of my job. I left that job shortly after t Read More...

Being a stay-at-home dad in Lansing

Yet despite the five or six-month long winter, (thank God it’s over & who the hell remembers when it starts any more) and the bi-weekly, week-long disappearance of the sun, Tessa and I made it through largely unscathed. This is in large part due to two fantastic places to take your young infant and toddler: Babies and Books at the Foster Library and Impression 5 Science Center.

I’ve been a stay-at-home dad (SAHD) for exactly 13 months (as of today). While I don’t feel that deserves any sort of special recognition or honor, I do think that being a SAHD here in Lansing, MI, should earn me something. And sorry, your pity isn’t nearly enough. Yet despite the five or six-month long winter, (thank God it’s over & who the hell remembers when it starts any more) and th Read More...

Fathers Should Have A Voice in Today’s Society

As a father I am challenged daily and continually am learning about myself, as well as about patience, remaining calm in all situations and staying strong even through challenging situations.

I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Chris, better known as Dad of Divas. As a father I am challenged daily and continually am learning about myself, as well as about patience, remaining calm in all situations and staying strong even through challenging situations. About 2.5 years ago I started my blog (Dad of Divas) to talk about the experiences that I was having as a father as well as provide Read More...

Dad Revolution: A fatherhood manifesto

No matter our differences in geography, ages, the number of children we have or whether we are WAHD, SAHD, single dads, adoptive dads, etc… We are simply dads united in solidarity based on one principle: We love being fathers, and want to share this love with the world.

April 4 of 2009 was all at once the happiest, most exciting and anxiety-producing day of my life. It was the happiest because I got to fall in love instantly with my beautiful daughter Tessa. It was the most exciting because I waited nine months to finally meet her, hold her and tell her how much I love her. It was the most anxiety-producing because now that Tessa was here, I was a father for real now. I was a firs Read More...