The Stay-at-Home Dad Handbook

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Written by a stay-at-home dad for other stay-at-home dads, this handbook addresses the particular parenting issues men face when they become the primary caregivers. This "man-friendly" resource offers practical solutions to such challenges as living well on one income, understanding the wife's breadwinner status, cleaning the house without feeling overwhelmed, and networking in a female-oriented community. Creative anecdotes offer supportive and effective advice to help stay-at-home dads successfully deal with ...
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Overview


Written by a stay-at-home dad for other stay-at-home dads, this handbook addresses the particular parenting issues men face when they become the primary caregivers. This "man-friendly" resource offers practical solutions to such challenges as living well on one income, understanding the wife's breadwinner status, cleaning the house without feeling overwhelmed, and networking in a female-oriented community. Creative anecdotes offer supportive and effective advice to help stay-at-home dads successfully deal with the psychological issues, as well as the everyday details, that make this parenting situation different. This advice-oriented guide also offers a special section of newsletters, online chat groups, playgroups around the country, and stay-at-home dad organizations.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Provides the tools, knowledge, and support that no stay-at-home dad should be without." —Armin Brott, author, The Expectant Father and The New Father: A Dad's Guide to the First Year

"Provides tools, support and a dose of reality to life at home with children." —Nashville Parent Magazine

"The perfect resource for current stay-at-home dads as well as new parents considering their child-care options." —Norwich Bulletin

"Offers plenty of practical tips and resources." —Queens Parent

"There's plenty here that could provide a first-time stay-at-home dad some comfort and practical information." —New York Post

"Couples must read this before deciding who will stay home...with this helpful handbook, dad can do it too!" —Dr. Robert Frank, author, Parenting Partners and The Secret Life of The Dyslexic Child

"Helps validate the feelings of its male readers while offering...ideas to combat the hardships and embrace the benefits." —The Plain Dealer

"A great resource for any dad, but an invaluable one for the 'Stay-at-Home' dads out there." —City Parent

Plain Dealer
Helps validate the feelings of its male readers while offering...ideas to combat the hardships and embrace the benefits.
City Parent
A great resource for any dad, but an invaluable one for the 'Stay-at-Home' dads out there.
Multiple Moments
"Reaches into the heart of fathers' needs and offers practical, usable advice."
San Diego Family Magazine
"Offers practical solutions to a myriad of problems faced by at-home caregivers."
Nashville Parent Magazine
Provides tools, support and a dose of reality to life at home with children.
Norwich Bulletin
The perfect resource for current stay-at-home dads as well as new parents considering their child-care options.
Queens Parent
Offers plenty of practical tips and resources.
New York Post
There's plenty here that could provide a first-time stay-at-home dad some comfort and practical information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556525346
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 559,409
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Peter Baylies has been a stay-at-home dad for his two sons for over 10 years. He writes the At-Home Dad Newsletter and he is the founder of The At-Home Dad Network, a stay-at-home dad online community. His work has been featured or mentioned in the Boston Globe, the Christian Science Monitor, Men's Health, O, The Oprah Magazine, Parents, USA Today, and Woman's Day. He lives in North Andover, Massachusetts. Jessica Toonkel is the managing editor for Fund Marketing Alert/Fund Action. She has been a reporter and editor covering international business and finance for publications such as American Banker, American Lawyer, and Financial Net Alert.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi
1 Starting Your New Career 1
Making the Decision 2
The First Days 6
Losing Your Status as Breadwinner 8
Mr. Mom 10
Isolation Creeps In 12
Finding Other Dads 14
Establishing a Routine 15
And Then There Were Two 18
Spotlight on Dad 19
2 At-Home Dads and Marriage: When the Rush Hour Starts at Home 23
Hell Hour 24
Creating a Game Plan 25
At-Home Dad Contract 27
Family Meetings 29
Simplifying Dinnertime 29
Bedtime Routine 30
A Message for the Moms 32
Loss of Intimacy 37
Jealous at Home Versus Guilty at Work 39
Discipline 44
Spotlight on Dad 47
3 Men Who Clean Bathrooms and the Women Who Love Them 51
Living Up to a Higher Standard of Cleaning 53
The Wife's Point of View 55
Resolving Your Differences 56
Getting the Kids to Help 57
Childproofing 59
Setting a Schedule 60
Cleaning Tips from Other Dads 61
Spotlight on Dad 64
4 Making New Connections 67
Playgroups 67
Starting Your Own Playgroup 69
The First Meetings 71
Dads' Night Out 73
Hanging Out with the Moms 74
Play Dates 77
Connecting with the Internet 79
Other Suggestions to Help You Connect 82
Spotlight on Dad 83
5 Living on One Income 87
Changing Your State of Mind and Adjusting Your Lifestyle 90
Adding on to the Savings at Home 91
Kid Fun: Free Activities That Will Save You Money--and Not Skimp on the Fun 93
Shopping at Yard Sales and on eBay 97
Sweat Equity: Doing Your Own Home Repairs 99
Shopping for Bargains 102
Spotlight on Dad 104
6 Working at Home: A Juggling Act 109
Weighing the Pros and Cons 110
Choosing the Right Job 111
Setting Reasonable Expectations 116
Daycare Dads 117
Getting to Work 120
Spotlight on Dad 126
7 Avoiding At-Home Dad Burnout 141
Watching for the Signs 142
Getting Out 144
Taking the Kids 146
Avoiding Burnout at Home 148
Take It in Stride 149
Spotlight on Dad 154
8 Is There Life After Kindergarten? 157
What Should You Do Now? 159
When You Stay at Home 162
Returning to Work 166
Spotlight on Dad 168
From the Frontlines of Fatherhood: More Dads in the Spotlight 173
Resources 199
Index 211
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