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Wayne Parker

At Home Dads Bring New Dimensions to Parenting

By January 30, 2013

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Dad and child cookingI am an unabashed fan of stay-at-home dads.  They deserve a lot of recognition and thanks for being amazing parents and for being focused on the needs of their families.  No knock at all on dads who work outside the home, but for the growing numbers of stay-at-home dads, a little appreciation is warranted.

A new study out that was referenced in the online Wall Street Journal suggests that stay-at-h0me  dads bring a needed "masculine" element to parenting that is not always available to children without the stay-at-home dad.  Consider these differences:

  • They let their kids take more risks at play than their kids' moms do
  • They tend to be more spontaneous and less programmed in daily activities
  • They are more likely to allow children to problem-solve and less likely to get involved at an early stage in solving problems

All great skills, right?  Well, once again, stay-at-home dads are bringing something new to the parenting table and are doing it with a little masculine flair.  Way to go!

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