The stay-at-home dad is becoming increasingly prevalent these days. As fathers/husbands/partners make the decision to put their professional careers on hold to become the primary caregivers to their children, we admit it—we’re doing a happy dance. Why? Because it frees women up to follow their passion and do their thing outside of the home more than ever and ultimately, that’s a wonderful thing.
Now, what is a stay-at-home dad exactly? Well, according to the National At-Home Dad Network it’s, “Any father who is the regular primary caregiver of his children, usually while his partner works outside the home as the family’s main breadwinner. Also called a “stay-at-home dad” (SAHD) or “work-at-home dad” (WAHD).” This trend is catching on across the country, but is it catching on in the Latino Community? Not as much as we would hope. Here are 15 reasons why Latinas should think about letting their baby-daddy be stay-at-home father.
1. It gives dads a chance to bond with their children
It’s a sad truth that, historically, the stay-at-home mother would bond with the children faster than the absent, work-all-day-everyday father figure. When a father stays home, there’s plenty of time for bonding.
2. It allows mom to be the breadwinner and pursue her professional career
Many a woman has benefited psychologically and financially from maintaining her job versus taking years off to raise her kids.
3. Gives kids less stress to have a consistent caregiver vs. paid childcare
Now, if the choice is either both parents work or the father stays home, we say choose the stay-at-home dad option every time because being cared for by a parent is pretty much always going to be a better choice than paid child care.
4. Your husband can find ways to earn income on the side
If we can do it, he can too!
5. Your husband can come up with creative money management strategies
Many of us on staff have stayed home to raise our children while simultaneously nurturing our careers. In the meantime, we’ve had to be creative with budgeting and expenses both for activities with the kids and our business obligations. It may be time to pass that torch, don’t you think?
7. Join a stay-at-home dad support group
Because the whole notion of the stay-at-home dad is on the rise, there are an increasing number of resources for them. The National At-Home Dad Network and SAHD Meetup groups are great places to start.
8. Going to a one-income family can put your household in a different tax bracket
Paying fewer taxes? Count us in!
9. Your husband can be the primary care giver
Because, really, there is nothing sexier than your husband being a nurturing father, right? Well, maybe if he’s able to do the dishes and the laundry while simultaneously entertaining the kids. That would be so hot.
10. If your husband stays at home he can maintain the home and keep the family life running smoothly
And why shouldn’t he? As a stay-at-home father think of how empowered he’ll feel being the captain of his own ship!
11. Spend time and money on the important things
Many of us mothers stay home when we realize our entire salary will be spent on childcare, commute costs, clothing for work and other job-related expenses. The same applies to the men in our children’s lives.
12. Dad can be a great role model for the kids
If he’s not working, he’s around all the time to model great behavior and positive choices from the male perspective. This is something not many children get to see every day!
13. Becoming a stay-at-home dad can help him to realize his passion
If your man wasn’t quite fulfilled in his career, becoming a stay at home dad might be just the thing to reignite an old passion that could turn into a second calling later in life.
14. Being a stay-at-home dad can help your husband become a nicer person
We’ll believe it when we see it, right? Seriously though, staying home with the kids is a great lesson in perspective and empathy for anyone who does it.
15. You don’t have to worry about trusting your child’s care to strangers
Trusting childcare providers is scary for any mother, so knowing that day in and day out, your child’s father will be the one taking care of his or her basic needs, is a beautiful thing.