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Wednesday, March 08, 2006


I Am A Rock

A mom from my daughter's preschool came over today with her daughter for a playdate and lunch. This was my wife's shindig, not mine, so I just tried to stay out of the way and get some work done in the far reaches of the house. But then I realized that I always do that when we have visitors: stay in the background, keep my head low, let my wife take the lead.

It's that last part that I think has colored the view that some friends and family have of me. They never see me in my element, making the majority of the meals, doing most of the housework, teaching the children, and all of the countless little things that go into maintaining a family and a household.

These people never come over except on my wife's days off, and it's on those days that I step back and allow my wife to take the lead on the tasks that she enjoys the most, which includes preparing meals and playing with the kids. So these friends and family members come away from their visits with the impression that I'm nothing more than a lazy bum (yes, I've been called that by one of my wife's relations).

I could put on some big elaborate show for them, but that would mean I'd have to start caring what they think. And in the end I really don't. I only care what my wife and kids think of me... So far I'm passing the audition.

In fact, just the other day my son said to me, "Dad, you rock!" I don't know where he picked that phrase up, but yeah, I guess I do rock! As do all the stay-at-home dads who work long hours for no pay and little respect outside of your own home. You may now pump your fist in the air and shout, "Stay-at-home dads rock!"


Anonymous LBH said...

Cool! lol ;)

8:55 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

That is exactly what goes on here.
I tell my wife that its her "putting on her Mommy act."
I wouldn't doubt that anyone that comes over thinks I do nothing but tinker around the garage or walk the dogs.
I too don't really care what they think. I know what I'm really doing and I'm damned proud of it.

We rock and roll all night and party every day.

1:47 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

Jeff, this is funny... I was just listening to a bluegrass cover of that Kiss song, by the band Haysee Dixie.

My whole life I always thought the lyrics were "I wanna rock and roll all night and part of every day."

I actually like my version better.

1:59 PM  
Anonymous brettdl said...

I wish I could be a stay-at-home dad, but alas...

2:44 PM  
Anonymous chip said...

how true. I'm with brett on this, you guys are so lucky.

3:56 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

Hey, stay-at-home moms rock too!

5:05 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

And Dads who spend all their free time with their kids also rock!

5:24 PM  
Blogger jb3ll3 said...


5:55 PM  
Blogger Chocolate makes it better said...

Mate you are doing a very tough job that i'm guessing most blokes couldn't step up to the mark and do effectively.

You do rock man......and you blog.....that's got to be a great combo

5:55 PM  
Anonymous the weirdgirl said...

Stay at home dads do rock! Parenting, in general, seems under-rated.

2:15 PM  
Anonymous cojones4me said...

Wow! what a site. I really cant relate to guys wanting to stay at home but I guess to each his own. It certainly isn't the norm for United States history. Thank Frkn God or else we might still be under British rule. You girls..err..guys need to get a job IMHO and pull a little more weight than a shopping cart. Just my .02

7:19 PM  

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