In June of 2012, Fox News reported that the number of stay-at-home dads had more than doubled over a 10 year period, according to U.S. Census data. Today, an estimated 3.4 percent of stay-at-home parents are fathers, up from 1.6 percent in 2001. Whether staying at home with your children was a conscious choice or you’re among those who found themselves laid off during the economic downturn, there is a support system created by contributors to the blogosphere who are dedicated to your lifestyle as a stay-at-home father. These 30 entries are among the most useful and informative that those blogs have to offer.
During school breaks, or when your children aren’t quite old enough to attend school, finding diversions for them that don’t revolve around the television or video games can be a challenge. With the fun ideas put forth by these five blogs, you’ll be having a blast with your children through hands-on, interactive activities.
- 10 Fun Outdoor Activities for Stay-at-Home Dads
- D.I.Y. Kids
- The Crafty Crow
- My Favorite Crafts & Activities for Kids
- Fun Kids Activities Blog
Learning to navigate tea parties, boo-boos, and hurt feelings can be daunting for men that are more accustomed to workplace politics and skilled trades. Even the most confident parents, regardless of gender, can find themselves in situations that they aren’t sure how to best handle. Where previous generations of parents would consult with friends and family members in search of quality advice, today’s stay-at-home dad can turn to the global village created by the Internet.
- Stay-at-Home Dad Survival Guide
- Housekeeping Advice for Stay-at-Home Dads
- The Best Things in Life Are Free – Financial Advice for Stay at Home Dads
- Stay-at-Home Dad:Tips, Advice for Stay-at-Home Dads: Keeping Calm
- Q and A With Libby Gill: Advice for Stay-at-Home Dads
Hints, Tips and Tricks for the New Stay-at-Home Dad
Once a routine is established and everyone involved is accustomed to the new arrangement of Dad staying home while Mom works, managing a household and acting as primary caregiver for the children in the family will be much easier. Until then, these five blogs offer hints and tips for helping everyone adapt to their new living situation.
- 10 Tips for Stay-at-Home Dads (From Other Dads)
- 5 Successful Tips for Parenting From a Stay-at-Home Dad
- It’s Not Mr. Mom, It’s Captain Dad!
- Stay-at-Home Dad Lessons… Tips and Tricks
- Five Tips For Being the Best Stay-at-Home Dad
When blogging first became a widespread trend, “mommy blogs” were all the rage. These moms turned bloggers share interesting anecdotes, relevant discoveries, and parenting news with their readers, and often host small communities that interact with one another in the comments section of each entry. As stay-at-home parenting for fathers becomes more popular, so do “daddy blogs.” Here are five great examples of this social phenomenon.
Quick and Easy Meals
While traditionally-accepted gender bias posits Mom as the cook and caregiver while Dad acts as the breadwinner, evolving attitudes are changing that perception a bit more every day. The truth is that some people, irrespective of gender, simply aren’t gourmet chefs. These five blogs showcase simple meals with short prep time, so that you can spend less time struggling in the kitchen and more time enjoying each day with your children.
- 25 Quick and Easy School Lunches to Pack for Your Kids
- Quick and Easy Family Meals the Kids Can Help Make
- Quick & Easy Kid-Friendly Snack & Meal Ideas
- Mr. Food Blog: Quick and Easy
- Quick and Easy DIY Baby Food
Dealing With Stress and Resentment for Accidental Stay-at-Home Dads
Even fathers who have willfully chosen to forgo their careers in favor of acting as a stay-at-home primary caregiver occasionally struggle with stress and some slight resentment. For those that find themselves staying home due to the loss of a job, those feelings can be more prevalent. These five blogs offer frank and candid appraisals of life as an inadvertent stay-at-home dad.
- Stay at Home Dad – I’m Sorry
- Stay-at-Home Cad
- A Dad’s Perspective — Evolution, Trials and Tibulations of a Stay-at-Home Dad
- Mr. Mom’s Battles
- Some Days I Find it Difficult to Be a Stay-at-Home Dad
When it comes to being a stay-at-home parent, dads need support too. Getting plugged into a network of stay-at-home dads will provide educational and social opportunities for both you and your children to enjoy.