Friday, 28 October 2011

Happiness is .... A Stay-At-Home-Dad


Sunrise on Channel 7 did a great story this week about the increase in Dad's staying at home. The story actually focused on which parent is better as the stay at home parent. Personally, I think it would depend on the couple. I don't think you could say that all women are better at it, or all men, it's a task suited best to the individual who has the most patience, can relate to the children, can manage the household chores, and remain sane by the end of the day.

I am proud and happy that my hubby put his hand up about 18 months ago to stay home full-time with our youngest, and part-time while our oldest attended school. He is the go to person around the house while I work 30 hours a week. This suits me fine. I am one of those people who go slightly insane at home full-time.

I have noted a lot of advantages to this arrangement. My husband now has first hand experience at answering the questions he used to have. Such as, have you cleaned the house today, or why is our son running around naked? Hubby also has a different way with the kids than me. He is slightly firmer, but his patience can often outlast mine. Hubby also likes to do different activities and the children appreciate that they get a bit of both of us. Hubby has also become a dab hand at keeping the house tidy and has his own routines. Whichever parent is home on the day usually cooks dinner, which is great to come home to.

At the end of the day, I would say that this is working well for us at the moment.

As usual Iam linking up with Rub Some Dirt on It and with Where's My Glow? .