03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Talking With Real Live Stay-At-Home Dads

A sunny morning in the affluent London suburb of Wimbledon, and the atmosphere in the playgroup is jolly, but a good deal quieter than you would expect with 13 children and 12 adults milling around a church hall. The reason isn't hard to spot: the parents are all men, and there is a certain masculine reserve in the air. Welcome to Dads and Little'Uns.

Chatting over coffee and an impressive array of biscuits, the ten or so fathers maintain a low hum of conversation, breaking off every so often to rescue a toddler from underneath a fallen toy or to redirect an off-target crawl. The men bring their children here every Monday and Friday, all year round (£4 a week into the kitty to cover costs). Theirs appears to be the first and perhaps only regular group for stay-at-home fathers in London. They are part of a growing trend for husbands to move on to traditional female territory, taking care of home and children while their high-powered other half is out hunting and gathering.