Dads Behaving Dadly: Delusions of a Stay-at-Home Dad

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As seen in the book Dads Behaving Dadly: 67 Truths, Tears and Triumphs of Modern Fatherhood from Motivational Press.

After many discussions, my wife and I decided I would become a stay-at- home dad when our son was 2-months-old. I was skeptical about whether I would thrive in my new position.
Would it be enough daily stimulation, interaction, conflict, etc. to get my hard-working juices flowing?

At first, I looked at it like this: I won’t have a real job. I’m taking the summer off! I’m going to spend some amazing time with my son. As the excitement rose for my new “job” as a stay-at-home dad, I decided to make a list of all the things I would get done:

• Read 3 books.
• Get back to my pre-baby weight.
• Ride my bike with the baby trailer up the big hill.
• Organize my photos in iPhoto.
• Misc jobs around the house: organize garage, organize office, etc.

At the end of the first week of staying at home, I had accomplished none of these things. I was beaten and broken like Humpty Dumpty after he fell off the wall. Continue reading