Reflections from a Year as a Stay-at-Home Dad

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One year down and another to go as a stay-at-home father. It’s been a year of surprises, bonding, ups and downs. As much as I love it, I must say, that I miss teaching more and more each day.

My children are 8 and almost 2. I have always been a very hands on father and have regularly adjusted my hours so that my wife can finish her qualifications. But taking a whole year off is a different kettle of fish.

Reflecting on my experiences so far, I have the following to report:


1. I still have absolutely no idea how to fold a fitted sheet.

2. Why are there so many awful picture books for babies? Can’t they even try to make them amusing or imaginative?

3. Since when did going to the butcher shop count as an outing? I find myself buying stuff from the supermarket just as an excuse to leave the house.

4, Every success I have ever achieved pales into insignificance compared to the feeling of ecstasy I get from performing the monumental task of resettling a crying baby.

5. Two thirds of my day is spent crouching under a high chair picking up recycled food bits.

6. Young kids go through more daily clothes changes than a model at her wedding reception.

7. I love how young children point out the simple things we take for granted. “Hey Daddy, look there’s a flower.”

8. First word, first steps, first catch … it doesn’t get any better than that!

9. If the original question is what came first the chicken or the egg, the very next question was, “Why should I put the toys back in the bucket if it’s going to be tipped over as soon as I am done?”

10. When an online recipe says quick and simple it often means long and tasteless. Cooking for fussy children is tougher than building a skyscraper.


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