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Stay at Home Dads

I Wish My Son Had Gone to the Funeral

Liam Robb O'Hagan | Posted 11.24.2015 | Parents
Liam Robb O'Hagan

I wish my son had been there to see me cry and to witness the grief of his friend and his friend's cousins. It would have been awkward for him, but that is the point. Death is part of life and I don't believe in sheltering kids from it. It is not the sort of topic one brings up in the playground, but my sense is many parents wouldn't see this as a missed opportunity.

The Unfinished Business of Caring

Liam Robb O'Hagan | Posted 11.16.2015 | Books
Liam Robb O'Hagan

I know plenty of working dads who go away on boys' weekends. They don't feel badly about it. My wife makes time to be away with her friends. The biggest dilemma that presents the girls is finding a half marathon in a city with decent après-race shopping.

How Can I Be a Professional Role Model for My Child When I Work From Home?

Scott Valins | Posted 09.22.2015 | Parents
Scott Valins

Working from home while parenting presents a massive set of challenges, rewards and obstacles. Yes. Am I thankful to observe the daily growth of my daughter? Yes. Am I perplexed as to how I can be a professional role model to my daughter when she interprets my 'computer time' as play - Absolutely.

It's Time to Retire 'Mr. Mom'

Liam Robb O'Hagan | Posted 09.11.2015 | Parents
Liam Robb O'Hagan

Language both reflects and creates culture. It is a self-perpetuating system. If you can change the language you can alter the culture. The results are not always perfect. Stereotypes are hard to break down, but those who complain about political correctness are usually on the wrong side of the cultural shift.

Government Checks for Stay-At-Home Mothers Part II

Allison Chawla | Posted 09.10.2015 | Parents
Allison Chawla

Many people, no matter how hard they work, do not get the same opportunities as others. They don't get the best of choices. Others get no choice at all. Despite what many of us think or believe, having a choice is a great luxury.

She Is My Daughter

Joshua Braff | Posted 08.11.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Joshua Braff

We had a girl in 2003. She'll be 12 this summer. Unlike her older brother she is of pastel colors and random giggles. Her room is purple with unicorn-...

10 Things I've Done Wrong As A Stay-At-Home Dad

Adrian Kulp | Posted 07.31.2015 | Parents
Adrian Kulp

I never took any parenting classes. I never read any books that would prepare me to be a father, let alone the primary-caregiver-type. Much like an apprenticeship, this is one of those "on-the-job" training situations.

Working Mother Heads To Washington, D.C.

Regan Long | Posted 07.29.2015 | Parents
Regan Long

At one point or another, we all will have to separate from our baby, no matter what age they are. That being said, some parents are forced to do this in an unfathomable amount of time. When we look at an average leave being 6-12 weeks of unpaid leave in the United States, for many, that would be a gift.

4 Words My Husband Says That Reflect the Importance of Parenting

Pamela Boccia | Posted 07.01.2015 | Parents
Pamela Boccia

My husband is certainly not perfect, but he's pretty extraordinary in his recognition of the value of parenting. He lives out this value every day in his interactions with our children. He gives everything he has to them -- every ounce of energy, attention, patience and love that he has within.

Reflections on Father's Day 2015: Don't Forget, It's Not About You

John McCormick | Posted 06.26.2015 | Parents
John McCormick

I got a glimpse for the first time of what it will be like to be an empty nester. Connor starts high school this fall, and in two years Will is off to college. If Father's Day 2015 is any predictor, I'll be a complete mess, lavishing my pent-up paternal affections on the family dogs.

'It Takes A Man To Teach A Boy To Be A Man'

John A. Tures | Posted 06.21.2015 | Parents
John A. Tures

I'd like to say it was at a younger age when I really appreciated my father. But sadly, it really didn't occur until college. Because that's when I found out how much he means to me.

The Father and Forefathers of a Stay-at-Home Dad

Liam Robb O'Hagan | Posted 06.19.2015 | Parents
Liam Robb O'Hagan

I am at home, running a house and being the lead parent. I am doing something that my grandfather and great grandfather would probably never have dreamed of. But I would like to think they would approve of my choice and see how it grew out of the decisions they, and my own father, made before me.

11 Things I Really Want For Father's Day

Scott M. Cohn | Posted 06.19.2015 | Parents
Scott M. Cohn

They say the best things in life are free, but they also say time is money. So it stands to reason that time would make a more than apt gift. Give us three hours to do... I don't even know, whatever the hell we want, no questions asked.

20 Photos That Show What It's Like To Be A Stay-At-Home Dad

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 06.17.2015 | Parents

According to 2014 reports from Pew Research Center, stay-at-home dads account for more than 16 percent of at-home parents -- up from just 10% in 1989....

In Appreciation of the PTA

Liam Robb O'Hagan | Posted 06.10.2015 | Parents
Liam Robb O'Hagan

Their role is truly thankless. They have to herd the volunteers together, field any number of complaints, attend meetings, and gently let down every wide-eyed volunteer with a plan to raise money this way or spend it another, when their idea clashes with the reality of the calendar, or the budget, or the rules around the use school facilities.

Dads Watching Their Own Kids Are Not 'Babysitting'

Jenny Witte | Posted 06.05.2015 | Parents
Jenny Witte

I'm tired of the old-fashioned notion that mothers are always the primary caregivers and the only ones who know how to properly parent a child.

The Latest 'Menace' Stalking The Suburbs

Liam Robb O'Hagan | Posted 06.04.2015 | Parents
Liam Robb O'Hagan

He is uniquely placed to exploit any sense of alienation you feel as a mom. He will fill any void in your domestic life with his, er, 'manhood.' And he'll even help you launder the sheets after your little tryst. Meet the "stray-at-home dad."

The Dad in Shining Armor

Liam Robb O'Hagan | Posted 05.27.2015 | Parents
Liam Robb O'Hagan

The women I am among, the ones who have assured themselves I'm not a voyeur, give me a great deal for credit for my photographic labor. I'm dedicated, I take lovely photos, I'm always around. It's a lot of work. I feel duty-bound to acknowledge that my motives are much more self-serving.

New Study Says A Working Mom Is A Plus for Kids

Liam Robb O'Hagan | Posted 05.21.2015 | Parents
Liam Robb O'Hagan

The findings don't surprise me. If parents are role models, then these are the sort of effects you would expect to see in the children of parents who work.

5 Secrets Stay-At-Home Parents Wish Parenting Experts Knew

Christi Bostwick | Posted 05.20.2015 | Parents
Christi Bostwick

Staying home with kids can feel like you have a boss following you around all day, even to the restroom. Kids are always watching. "Mommy, are you eating candy? Can I have some candy?" Kids love to critique. "Mommy, the oven is dirty!"

What It Really Means To Be A Stay-At-Home Parent, In 31 Candid Photos

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 05.19.2015 | Parents

According to 2014 reports from Pew Research Center, there have been recent increases in the number of moms and dads who identify as stay-at-home paren...

The Value of Parenting

Liam Robb O'Hagan | Posted 05.15.2015 | Parents
Liam Robb O'Hagan

There are plenty of people who say parenting is the most important job in the world, but that is not reflected in cold, hard cash. Is our struggle to put our occupation as a parent a symptom of society's wider reluctance to put real value on child raising?

Why It's OK If Moms 'Abandon' Their Kids

Vicki Larson | Posted 05.13.2015 | Parents
Vicki Larson

Few of us, rightly or wrongly, raise an eyebrow when we hear of a dad giving up custodial rights. But, a mom? That goes against everything we believe -- or choose to believe -- about mothers. Still, it happens, and there are many ways to look at it.

Shane Shifflett

The States With The Most Stay-At-Home Fathers | Shane Shifflett | Posted 05.13.2015 | Business

Not too long ago, it was practically unheard of for a father to raise his children full-time instead of working for money. In the 1970s, only si...

The Real Mother's Days of Westchester County

Liam Robb O'Hagan | Posted 05.10.2015 | Parents
Liam Robb O'Hagan

Mother's Day didn't exactly go as planned. Well, not as Hallmark would have planned it anyway. The first departure from the idyllic script was that I was a little hungover. It was not a raging headache, in fact, better than I might have expected when I went to bed, but still enough to put me off my game.