Stay-at-home dads boost moms' careers

  • Article by: JODI KANTOR and JESSICA SILVER-GREENBERG , New York Times
  • Updated: December 7, 2013 - 6:26 PM

Women can compete with new intensity when husbands take over at home.

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stpaulisbestDec. 7, 13 9:40 PM

When we started out I had a better, higher paying job. When we had almost equal incomes we bought a house and had kids and were constantly stressed. When my wife's career and income surpassed mine by a significant margin and looked to stay that way, I began staying home with the kids. Our income has never been higher and the stress hasn't been this low since the early days of our marriage. But - we just got back from a gathering at which I was asked what I did. When I told the person I was a stay at home parent they quickly lost interest in talking to me. Most people aren't like that, but men do need to realize that there will be times like that and that some people will assume we're just lazy guys who sponge off our wives. It just goes with the territory.

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sailing64Dec. 8, 13 2:03 AM

stpaulisbest - The same type thing happens with a stay-at-home mom.

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az2010Dec. 8, 13 9:52 AM

I was a stay at home dad during a 6 month stretch of unemployment, whether its mom or dad, anyone who can be in that role has my greatest respect.

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truthtopowerDec. 8, 13 2:26 PM

stpaulisbest, I would avoid people who ask that type of leading question because what thinking person defines their life by how they pay for their lifestyle, anyways? And that's all it is, this American culture thing, it's just a dumb, expensive, consumptive lifestyle that everyone believes has some sort of value. Only a handful of people have work that is truly intellectually satisfying and worthwhile and those people do it at a huge discount because they are independently wealthy. The rest of us are farm animals.

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