Since the term came into being, I’ve been intrigued by Stay At Home Mums (SAHMs) in the sense of ‘how do they do it?’ But I’ve been even more intrigued by Stay At Home Dads (SAHDs). With various stigmas, taboos and ‘odd looks’, how on earth do SAHDs do it?
How do they do the whole house husband, SAHD ‘thing’?
‘A Modern Father (…and Dad blogger)’ gives a fascinating insight into the world of John Adams, his wife and 2 young daughters. In his book, he talks us through his experience of a maternity ward from a Dad’s point of view (the good, the bad and frank), he shares humourous accounts of times with his daughters – one being a visit to the dentist that had me chuckling away in acknowledgement (to a degree), the milestone of starting school and with it the baptism of being a dad at the school gate. Also included are very personal insights into the sacrifices his wife makes, along with the judgement people make of her going to work.
The section that really stands out for me is ‘Sex and the Stay at Home Dad’. The similarities between a SAHD and SAHM struck me. In fact the similarities to parenting in general. Meaning that when Adams scratches his head at the suggestion that SAHDs are more likely to play away (given the amount of women they comparatively encounter due to circumstance), he does so by concluding that he couldn’t possibly fit any ‘extra curricular’ activities into his day. That is a statement that had me nodding my head in agreement (not that I have considered playing away I might add!) Working in the traditional sense or keeping on top of housework and general family life leaves little or no time for bed hopping… That is why this book is universal in the world of parenting and beyond.
Adams refers to several blog posts in his book and this may deter many of his blog followers from reading this. I would encourage them to have a read all the same, on the basis that this is written in a very easy-to-read style, as his blog, and the sections compliment each other to give a balanced insight into his world.
You can tweet the author John Adams @dadbloguk and visit his blog at dadbloguk.com
Note: This book was provided to me free of charge but all words and opinions are my own. Co-published by John Adams and CronxBooks. This post contains affiliate links.
Picture credit: Ania Wilk-Lawton of Photography for Parents.
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