Since 2015, I’ve been a stay at home dad helping raise my youngest, who was only months old at the time, while my eldest went to school.
I didn’t expect to take on the role of stay at home parent after losing my job at that time and thought I would easily find employment elsewhere.
But it didn’t work out that way.
Instead, my partner found employment ahead of me and we reversed roles as being the parent who (gets to) stay home.
Transitioning from the workforce to becoming a full-time at home dad took some getting used to, but it all worked out.
It was during this time that I began exploring ways where I can earn some money from home to help with rent, car note, groceries, etc.
Lo and behold, I was able to do just that and have been earning a regular income since.
So don’t think that you don’t have options – because you do.
More on work from home for dads can be found in the coming sections.
For now, I want to focus on a list of benefits of being a stay home dad.
Benefits Of Being A Stay Home Dad
Times Magazine has an article titled Don’t Let Your Husband Be A Stay-At-Home Dad.
In it, they make some very valid points. For instance:
“What happens if mom loses her job, faces a salary cut or is unable to work for a period of time due to an injury or other unexpected circumstance?”
This can be a financial ‘risk’ for you and your family if relying solely on a single income.
The article also touches base on some of the benefits but focuses heavily on potential issues of a single family income, which SHOULD be something you and your other half discuss.
The good news is that there is work from home for dads looking to still generate an income.
This applies to any stay at home parent out there, no matter how busy you are.
There are ways you can earn from home, see our previous article to see where to find work you can do on your own time and even some of the companies we recommend working for from home.
Not only am I more involved in the little ones lives now, but I am able to earn right from home which has been a huge game changer for our family.
Here are some other benefits…
Benefits Stay Home Dads
We’ll take a look at some of the pros and cons of being a stay home dad. Some obvious, some not so obvious.
Some of the pros include:
- More time/involvement with family
- Won’t miss out on school/sporting activities
- Daycare or other childcare options become optional
- Pressure off of your partner as you can pick the kids up from school or other activities
- In case of emergency or illness, there to immediately attend to the child
It’s needless to say that doing some of these things can be impossible while working at a traditional 9-5 job.
I used to work 6 days a week so I know what its like, I’ve even missed a child’s birthday because I couldn’t get the time off.
Another big one is the option to save money due to the fact that there is no longer a need to find childcare outside of the home.
Childcare is one of the biggest expenses families face and the average cost nationwide can be quite hefty.
Though there are many positives for a father to become a stay home parent, there are also other things to consider.
- Facing a single income, unless you decide to work from home
- How neighbors or family perceive you may be different due to a lack of understanding
- It can be a little more difficult than expected to juggle caring for the little ones and an at home career
These are just a few pros and cons for anyone considering being a stay at home dad, can you think of others we might have missed? Let us know in the comments area below!
Work from home for stay home dads
Working from home has its own benefits.
With no strict boss or supervision around you can enjoy taking a break whenever you like, work from the comfort of a home office – or couch, there’s no dreadful commute and just less stress in general.
Though working from home can give you more freedom, it should not be mistaken for as a vacation.
There’s still work to do if you plan on earning a full-time wage from home.
Plan your week out ahead of time that’s consistent with the kids’ schedule and allows you time to sit down and focus on whatever tasks that need to get done.
Get up early or stay up late if you have to get work done.
Get dressed in the morning as if you were heading out the door to go somewhere.
Keep your work area clean and organized.
Last but not least, still enjoy the freedom and flexibility that an at home position offers.
You can still take the kids out to do activities you enjoy.
These are our tips on working from home.
You can find a list of jobs, including the option to start your own online business, in a recent post Best Jobs For Stay At Home Dads.
More Dads Are Finding Their Way Home
The number of dads taking on the role of stay home parent has increased over the years.
Courtesy of Pew Research Center.
According to a 2014 report from Pew Research Center, there were 2 million of us in the US alone.
This is the most recent report that I could find but it is my guess that this number has continued to rise, 4 years later.
Conclusion – Benefits of Being a Stay Home Dad
If you are considering choosing the route of becoming a stay at home parent, for any reason, talk it over with your partner and come up with a plan beforehand.
The cool thing about being a stay at home dad is that you can still be the breadwinner while having time freedom and the flexibility to tend to the kids needs or whatever activities they may have going on.
You can work from home and be the primary caregiver at the same time.
Dads can do amazing things, too!