Challenges of Being Mr. Mom

Man-with-baby As more women take up the helm of being main bread-winner, a greater number of men than ever before have taken to being "Mr. Mom" in an effort to save costs on childcare and allow a still-employed wife to focus on her career. While I personally cannot stand to hear bemused people ask a father if he is "baby-sitting" his own children when his wife is not around, I do recognise that this demographic shift will take some getting used to for many. As written about in the article "Tough Times Leave More Men to Become Mr. Mom":  'Dennis, who used to work 50-hour weeks as a human rights attorney, said a stigma is still associated with being a stay-at-home father. He said a lot of people think he's a slacker. "We talk about equality of sexes but I certainly don't know a lot of fathers who want their daughters to marry stay-at-home dads," Dennis said. "It's not something people accept." Dennis said he dreads telling his former law school colleagues about his new role. "Telling them you're a stay-at-home dad is not something all law school colleagues will accept," Dennis said. "The only thing that softens the blow is that half of those guys are unemployed, too." '

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