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Does Society Value Stay At Home Parents Enough?


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If I shared my “wins” on LinkedIn like other people do, but as a stay at home dad it would be like:

– Just deep cleaned the kitchen!
– Dropped the kids off at school early today.
– Joined the #QuietQuitting movement and ordered pizza for dinner.
– Grocery shopped a big sale
– Did laundry AND put it away in a single day
– Spent three hours weeding the yard

I have to remind myself that accomplishments like these are still important even if society says they aren’t worth much. And when I say “important” I mean monetarily. Society will let me know in no uncertain terms if I continually drop my kids off at school late or let the weeds over take my yard that they do not approve of my lack of effort. The opposite isn’t true though. If I’m a responsible parent and homeowner no one says a thing let alone rewards my efforts with a check.

If I were to pay someone else to clean the house, take care of the yard, shuttle the kids around, do the laundry, household shopping, meal preparation, etc. I’d be spending big bucks.

Instead I do that stuff myself and get to see my kids more often than I would at a stuffy old corporate gig.

I write a dad blog and do passion projects right now that sometimes “make money” because I’m never going to get this time with my kids in the single digit ages again. Once it’s gone it’s gone. I can get a job (or start a company) once they are older and it’s less cool to be seen with me.

Until then, it’s SAHD life for me.


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