By Tom Z
10:27 AM EST, January 24, 2013
If you watch commercials, which most people over 40 do, you’d think that all guys are complete buffoons. They’re drinking watered-down light beer, spilling milk all over the kitchen floor and wondering how human beings can ever save for college without having to give up their ED pills. Most importantly, they have no idea how to take care of a baby. That is, until their beautiful wife or thoughtful minority friend shows up to help. The lesson is clear: All guys are morons incapable of basic human interaction. But according to a new article in the Wall Street Journal, the times they are a-changing. Turns out there are a lot more stay-at-home dads out there, and they’re putting their own masculine twist on child raising. I’m psyched about this news, since being a stay-at-home dad is my life goal. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t love kids, I just hate working. From WSJ:
At-home dads aren't trying to be perfect moms, says a recent study in the Journal of Consumer Research. Instead, they take pride in letting their children take more risks on the playground, compared with their spouses. They tend to jettison daily routines in favor of spontaneous adventures with the kids. And many use technology or DIY skills to squeeze household budgets, or find shortcuts through projects and chores, says the study, based on interviews, observation of father-child outings and an analysis of thousands of pages of at-home dads' blogs and online commentary.
Being a stay at home dad is rewarding, but there's still a social stigma attached to men who give up their careers for their children. You ask for a "me day" once in awhile and everyone wants to know why you’re being such a wuss. After all, you’re not really working every day. Or try finding a stroller in urban camo. It's impossible, they're all pink and purple. And did you know us guys only get 73 cents in Chuck E. Cheese bucks to a woman's dollars? It's tough out there for a baby daddy.
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