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Thread: Stay at home dads.

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    Re: Stay at home dads.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    If that was the case, I would hope a sanity meter would be part of the licensing evaluation,.....
    It would be comprised mainly of the following items:

    Financial capability of providing for the child/family
    Marital & Employment status of the parents
    Proof of Competency/Values & Morals necessary to raise the child

    Honestly, I'd probably have a better shot at getting a license than many of the parents I currently know.

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    Re: Stay at home dads.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    Sorry if this is in the wrong area as I'm not sure if it is political enough but I did want it to be a poll so this seems the logical place to put it. Feel free to move it to an appropriate section if you think it doesn't belong here.

    I often hear people say that it is perfectly legitimate for the woman to stay at home raising the kids while the man goes off to work. While at the same time I hear people say that it is wrong for the man to stay at home raising the kids while the woman works.

    What do you think? Is it acceptable for the man to stay at home raising the kids while the woman works? Or is the man just a lazy bum (a phrase that I hear often when refering to stay at home dads) that should get off his butt and get a job?
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    Re: Stay at home dads.

    I knew a retired Navy officer that did that. He also homeschooled his two boys, and worked part-time. I guess technically he wasn't 100% stay at home.
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    Re: Stay at home dads.

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    I knew a retired Navy officer that did that. He also homeschooled his two boys, and worked part-time. I guess technically he wasn't 100% stay at home.
    That scenario sounds fine. When I see young couples though where the man chooses to stay home and be Mr mom I think the kids get sent a confusing message.

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    Re: Stay at home dads.

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    That scenario sounds fine. When I see young couples though where the man chooses to stay home and be Mr mom I think the kids get sent a confusing message.
    What's confusing about the message that women and men are equal?
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    Re: Stay at home dads.

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    That scenario sounds fine. When I see young couples though where the man chooses to stay home and be Mr mom I think the kids get sent a confusing message.
    What message: that parenting is a dedication and your kids are worth your time and love? Or the message that Dads can care for their kids too and aren't incapable of being good parents? Or maybe that women can be successful at their careers and that's ok?

    Do you worry about the message that's sent when Dad or Mom is so busy at work that he/she doesn't have hardly any time for their children? How many generations are raised with fathers or mothers who love them but can't be there for them becaues they have other priorities?

    Your concern over 'sending confusing messages' is silly - the confusing message that everyone in the US has been raised with is the idea that work-identity is more important than family and that children will ruin your life and deprive you of your identity when you have them and they're an inconvenience and we can't wait to get them out of the house.
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    Re: Stay at home dads.

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    What message: that parenting is a dedication and your kids are worth your time and love? Or the message that Dads can care for their kids too and aren't incapable of being good parents? Or maybe that women can be successful at their careers and that's ok?

    Do you worry about the message that's sent when Dad or Mom is so busy at work that he/she doesn't have hardly any time for their children? How many generations are raised with fathers or mothers who love them but can't be there for them becaues they have other priorities?

    Your concern over 'sending confusing messages' is silly - the confusing message that everyone in the US has been raised with is the idea that work-identity is more important than family and that children will ruin your life and deprive you of your identity when you have them and they're an inconvenience and we can't wait to get them out of the house.
    The confusing message is, moms are the nurturer, dad's are providers. If you turn this upside down you defy the natural order of things, that's confusing for little growing minds.

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    Re: Stay at home dads.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    What's confusing about the message that women and men are equal?
    It's not about equal or unequal. It's about using the right tool for the job. If I need to put a nail into a piece of wood and I have two choices on which tool to use, a hammer and a wrench; which one should I pick? The hammer obviously. Now, I bet that with enough time and motivation, I could use that wrench like a hammer, but it was not made for that task and it will not do the job anywhere near as efficiently as the hammer will.

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    Re: Stay at home dads.

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    The confusing message is, moms are the nurturer, dad's are providers.
    Where'd you get that message from?
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    Re: Stay at home dads.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tigger View Post
    It's not about equal or unequal. It's about using the right tool for the job. If I need to put a nail into a piece of wood and I have two choices on which tool to use, a hammer and a wrench; which one should I pick? The hammer obviously. Now, I bet that with enough time and motivation, I could use that wrench like a hammer, but it was not made for that task and it will not do the job anywhere near as efficiently as the hammer will.
    What tools (be specific) make it a woman's job to stay home with the kids, and what tools (be specific) make it a man's job not to?

    Also, why not get a nailgun? It's far more efficient.
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