A Note from Josh: Honoring Stay-at-Home Dads

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Last week I messaged you about the effects on kids growing up in broken homes. In this message I want to highlight — and encourage! — stay-at-home dads.

These men have assumed this tough role for a number of reasons: some because of job loss or disability, or to reduce the financial strain of child care. Others have made the choice because their employer has allowed them to work from home. As 47% percent of stay-at-home fathers in the U.S. live in poverty, the stay-at-home dads able to generate income are, indeed, blessed.

>>> Dads are much more involved in child care than they were 50 years ago. In 2016, fathers reported spending an average of eight hours a week on child care (about triple the hours they provided in 1965). They also contributed about 10 hours a week on household chores (compared to four hours in 1965). 

>>> The number of stay-at-home dads rose from 4% in 1989 to 7% in 2016. In 2016, dads made up 17% of all stay-at-home parents, up from 10% in 1989. In 2018, the percentage jumped to over 20%.

Let me ask YOU a personal question: what’s your gut reaction to dads who assume this important role? Do you catch yourself thinking, “I wonder what’s wrong with him that he’s not out working?” 

If you find yourself making that assumption, it could simply be because of your societal conditioning. An article by Healthline points out that society hasn’t fully embraced the idea of dads staying home, even suggesting that perhaps these men are “lazy.” Seriously? Being home with kids all day is hard work! I salute any stay-at-home dad who has assumed this important role and is rocking it!
  How might YOU show support to a stay-at-home dad you know? Perhaps by welcoming him into your “mommy” group. Or by scheduling playdates. Or even popping over with a smile and a McDonald’s Happy Meal.
The sky’s the limit on how we can encourage these dads!

Josh D. McDowell
P.S. This Father’s Day (Sunday, June 20), consider gifting a dad with my parenting book, How to Be a Hero to Your Kids. When children receive acceptance, appreciation, affection, availability, accountability, and loving authority, wonderful things can happen!



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