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58. Stay-at-Home Dad
Chris knew many of the other fathers made
of him. He was pretty sure some of
mothers did too. He was the president of
Parent-Teacher Association at his daughter's school. He organized
the bake sales, book sales and met with
school principal regularly to share concerns he heard
other parents. This is not why parents made
of him. Other parents made fun of him
this was all he did. Chris was a
-at-home dad. His wife Maureen had a demanding full-time
working for an investment bank. She made an
salary, but the job meant going in early
coming home late.
Chris was never good at
a regular job. He got bored easily. He'd
focus on his daughter and what was going
at her school. He became the main caregiver.
handled all of the household duties. He took
daughter to and from school. He did all
grocery shopping and cooked all the meals. He
the house and helped his daughter with her
. Everyone in the neighborhood called Chris "Mr. Mom".
were other names Chris heard people calling him,
"house husband" and "house-spouse".
Chris didn't mind his
at all. He felt secure as a man.
didn't believe that a woman's place was in
home. He was glad that his wife loved
job and worked hard. He worked hard, too.
just didn't get a salary like Maureen did.
was happy being paid the love and appreciation
Sometimes Chris felt lonely though. When
took his daughter to the park, there were
other dads around. He felt strange talking to
mothers. He didn't want them to think he
hitting on them or trying to pick them