Looking Back at My Year as an At-Home Dad

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So I got a job.  Yup, starts today.  I’m pretty excited about it too!  But I must admit there’s a significant element of terror involved.  Not just because the role is going to serve as a big challenge for me—which it will—but also because I’ve spent the past year at home, watching the kids and keeping the house from burning down (albeit just barely).  Needless to say, this week is going to be a monumental adjustment for this at-home dad.

But before taking the plunge, I afforded myself one final chance to look back on the past year of my life; the goods, the bads, and all the other lessons learned during my time alone with the kids.  Let’s take a look, shall we?

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Out of the House Round-Up: The Job of Being a Dad, Toddler Distraction Tactics & Other Parents Are Horrible, Aren’t They?

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All this staying-at-home has made me a little stir crazy. Let’s take a look around the internets, shall we?

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The Upside to Being a Stay at Home Dad

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Every time I run into someone aware of my no-longer-employed status I get a comment about how wonderful it must be not having to go to work.  “Wow, it must be so great to spend so much time with your daughter.”  “You’ll never get these days back so enjoy them!”  “I wish I could do that.”   That last line is a common one too.  It speaks to a certain amount of jealousy on many peoples’ parts.  This frankly amazes me.  I’ve never once looked at my current situation and felt in any way special or lucky.  The truth is, being a stay at home dad has as many ups as it has downs.  And while I’ll be happy to share the downside in a future post…

Today it’s all about the positives.

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