Thursday, October 27, 2011

Repost: Stay At Home Dad - now available on Kindle!

REVIEWED BY: Marguerite Zelle




BLOG DESCRIPTION: Information for Stay at Home Dads from the CDO, Chief Domestic Officer

MY REVIEW: Too often in today's society, the Dad as parent has been ignored or marginalized. (The stereotypical dad spends all his time at work, comes home to pat his kids on the head and send them off to bed, while he relaxes in front of the TV.) In actual fact, Dads are very important to the development of a child or children.

So it's nice to see a parenting blog written by a dad (there are a few of them out there.) This blog is written from the perspective of a stay-at-home dad, and its interesting to see the "stay at home" type stuff written from the dad's perspective.

Both moms and dads can benefit from reading this blog.

Sample post:
Media Challenge: Add a Dad Advise Column/Blog (or at least include us)
With more and more dads choosing to stay home to raise their children I am surprised that media outlet have yet to embrace dads for blogs, parenting advise columns, guest writers and the like. At the very least, rename the “mom” columns and blogs to “parents” and have both moms and dads input. Whether a major news network site, national parenting magazine or advertiser, each blatantly lacks advise or input from dads.

The days of the hands-off dad are vanish quickly. More and more dads are playing an active role in raising their children and sharing duties around the house, not to mention being the primary care giver while mom works.

As a stay at home dad, I do everything a stay at home mom does. Primarily, raise my son, teach him life skills, love and nurture him. After that comes, all of the cooking, cleaning, laundry, shopping, home repairs, appointments, scheduling, transporting, bill paying, chaperoning, school involvement, and making a little money on the side consulting. I list these tasks not as a badge on my sleeve, but to eliminate the forthcoming questions from the nay-sayers that think stay at home dads play with their kids all day and leave the chores for mom to do on the weekend or evenings after a full day of work. It is a stereotype that I am frankly tired of hearing and reading about. The only way to eliminate the stereotype, just like any other, is through education. So here in lies the challenge:

Affiliates with ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Parenting Magazine, Parents Magazine – seek out and include dads in your blogs, ads, guest columns, articles, advise columns and features to help quash the stereotypes of the stay at home dad. You may be surprised at how much we know about parenting and how much help and advise we can offer from a slightly different perspective.

--Part 1 – The Bully Debate: Is all bullying bad?
--Stay at Home Dads Are Quickly Being Noticed By Savvy Retailers
--The Cut-off Date. “Red Shirting” – Trending Towards Later Kindergarten
--Have You Become A Talking Head When Correcting Behavior? Passive vs. Active Interaction.
--Daddy, That Lady is Big! – How to Handle the Not-so-subtle Questions
--Start of Fall: Wild Mushroom Risotto
--Moment of Reality: The first family vacation
--Simple (and inexpensive) Home Improvement
--Media Challenge: Add a Dad Advise Column/Blog (or at least include us)
--Make Your Own Pizza Night

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