I remember seeing Mr. Mom back in 1983. Starring Michael Keaton, this film was about a recently laid-off father of three who assumes the role of homemaker when his wife takes her turn at bringing home the bacon. I remember Keaton’s character being completely clueless when it came to managing the household and taking care of his kids. The audience was given a stereotypical scenario of what would happen if a man became a stay-at-home dad. Let’s just say it was a hot mess. What is more the norm now wasn’t so a few decades ago as women were mostly the ones who stayed home with the children and men went to work. But times have changed and now more dads are staying home.
Our results show that families living in stay-at-home households are increasingly the result of a deliberate choice made by spouses to have fathers assume a caregiving role while mothers pursue employment outside the home. – from the study abstract of Karen Z. Kramer, Department of Human & Community Development, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
According to a recent study, the number of fathers who are staying home full-time is at an all time high although some of those men are not exactly caregivers due to illness, unemployment or a disability. Perhaps it was the recession or the rise of female empowerment (or a combination of both), but more women are becoming the sole breadwinners in their households. This may explain why I see more dads dropping off and picking up their children from school. My husband often tells me that he would love to stay home while I go the office. At least he knows how to change a diaper and cook a decent dinner, unlike Mr. Mom!
Here’s the promo for A&E’s new show, Modern Dads, which follows four stay-at-home dads in Austin, Texas.
Are you a stay-at-home dad or do you know one? Tell us about it!