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Who wants to be a stay at home dad? Lots of men, apparently.

October 2, 2007

The other day I said I felt many men in my generation were motivated by family and household related goals that were in the past viewed as traditionally female goals. This week’s Newsweek features an article on this exact topic. The author talks about differences in fathering styles across generations, going on an extended paternity leave (his wife was the main breadwinner of the family, another relatively new notion), and the challenges of a stay-at-home-dad:

Still, the bottom line is that today’s guys are procreating, parenting and pleased with ourselves. Sure, you’ll have to endure the occasional hipster dad who slaps a Sex Pistols decal on his $800 Bugaboo stroller. Some of us will give our kids offbeat names like Freya and diligently document our every self-important, profanity-laced insight on our blogs. And it will be another generation who will tell us if this grand experiment has worked. But one thing is clear: we tend to have a different outlook than our fathers did. Maybe we take a little more active delight in our children. Maybe not.

In order to begin to quantify what is going on, I managed to dig up some data on stay-at-home parents from 1994 to 2006, from the US Census. A little analysis of the data shows us that the number of stay-at-home dads increased by 109% during this time period. There are several possible explanations for what is going on, but the data certainly suggest that the new, younger generation of fathers seeks a more active role in the rearing of their children.

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  1. K-Diggity permalink*
    October 2, 2007 3:24 pm

    Being a stay-at-home dad is my ultimate life goal.

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