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Guys work at home too….just like us moms. And many dads aspire to work at home….just like us moms.
When you opt to work from home you become a work-at-home dad. Is this role very different from a stay-at-home dad? Maybe if your wife does not go out to work but if she does or if you are a single parent, then you naturally don the additional roles of a care-giver and a homemaker. This provides you with the “domestic bliss” syndrome which a mom usually enjoys!
You may have chosen to be around the house for one of the various reasons – either you are freelancing, or you operate your business from home, or you do your office work from home with the help of the latest technical gizmos, or you are a single parent; but you are at home. Your kids love to have you around, especially if you are fun to be around but it may not be all that fun for you.
Being a work-at-home dad has its ups and downs as with any situation in life; so before going in for such a role you may need to weigh the pros and cons. Home is not office and so the atmosphere is different, crises will be different, arguments will be different, and coffee-breaks will be different and so on.
You can shut yourself in one room, making that into your office and refuse to be available to the family for the rest of the day. This is only possible if you have your wife around to take charge of the domestic obligations and you are left undisturbed. But that rarely happens as you will be called upon in emergency situations because you are close at hand and you will most probably dive in.
If you live alone with your kids, you will experience the sorrows and joys of bringing up kids first-hand, know the distinction between a dish-washer and a washing machine, learn to prepare your child’s favorite dish when he or she is sulking, learn to untangle your little girl’s hair (or you could have it cut very short since your fingers are not nimble enough to do the job without having her cry out in pain), learn to have a spare set of school dress ready just in case there is a minor ‘accident’ with the milk or juice, and one can go on because you will soon realize work around the house never ceases.
Amidst all these small ‘crises’ you will discover the joy of caring for your kids, being there when you are needed the most in the garb of a mom or a dad. Despite the hectic routine you will be ‘blissful’ with the little pecks on your bristled cheeks or when they shout ‘I love you dad”. Yes as a work-at-home dad you experience little pleasures you would have missed otherwise if you went to office every day.
Now that you have braved into this chaotic world of a work-at-home dad, you will soon know how to balance your time and life between love-earning work and money-earning work schedules. You may soon become the envy of your friends and previous co-workers, who always thought they had a good life. With time you may be able to advise other dads how to enjoy the best of both worlds by being a work-at-home dad.