3 Emotional 😭 Challenges Stay-at-Home 🏑 Dads πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦ Face ...


There are several emotional challenges for stay-at-home dads. Over the last several decades the United States has experienced several upheavals in its parenting trends. It has gone from a nation of the two-parent family to the single parent family to an ever-evolving family through remarriage and cohabitation. The single income family gave way to the double income family which, with the rising cost of childcare, is beginning to give way to more and more single income families. Due to changing social trends, as well as unemployment, under employment or disability, the father figure is taking on the stay at home role more and more. If your family falls in that latter category, here are some emotional challenges for stay-at-home dads to be aware of.

1. I Should Be Working

Feeling like he should be at work is one of the biggest emotional challenges for stay-at-home dads. The breaking down of gender roles has come a long way in the last few decades, but when it comes to the stay at home dad, they haven't come far enough. You only have to turn on your TV to see this. How men are portrayed on TV has evolved a lot since the days of the Dick Van Dyke Show, but for one standard. The 80's and 90's brought us a completely different view on men with the likes of Al Bundy, Ray Romano or even Homer Simpson: the bumbling buffoon who only kept his life together through his much more adept wife...who stayed home.

Even as incompetent as they were portrayed, they were still told that their worth was in their ability to provide for their family, which often times may have been the focal point of an episode. Many of today's shows portray women with much more financial independence than previous years, but how many depict men in the stay-at-home role to compensate for this?

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