Five ways you can tell I’m a stay at home dad

Keeping up with my favorite stay at home dads blogs, I came across a piece on how you could tell a guy was a stay at home dad. Needless to say, I was inspired and here is my very own list.

So, I give you five ways by which you can tell I am Brad Pitt. I mean a stay at home dad. I mean a stay at home dad like Brad Pitt (yes, he is one when his wife is away filming).

 

Suntan
Surprised by this one? The sun doesn’t pay these many happy visits to us British too often but this summer had been quite sunny. I spent too much time outside with the kids and therefore, the tan. It is rather impressive and I am wearing it proudly.
Facial hair
This can be found on other daddy blogs but it is not cheated or anything, it’s simply true. Before my second child, I used to be clean shaven but then time is valuable now and I kind of like the stubble. It’s only 3mm in length and looks nice actually.

I have been told that the stubble suits me and people actually complaint when I clean shave. I tried growing a beard and surprisingly it suited me but I do not want to get committed to that look.

 

I can be scatter-brained.
You should see me when I am grocery shopping along with my two precious bundles of joy. My train of thought is interrupted constantly and I am all over the place. I mean the kids get bored during the shopping and play about. This distracts me to keep track and some items that needed to be bought are forgotten.

Well, I am not perfect and I do make grocery shopping blunders often. I’d be gone to buy ingredients to make chicken risotto and I’ll pick up like shoe polish, cling film and apples.

So the wife isn’t always very pleased with having fish fingers for dinner because that was the last resort. My reply in such a scenario is pretty simple. Does she remember to pick up everything on the list when she goes shopping with both the kids, once in 400 years?

 

I am the family’s social secretary
Force of habit perhaps, but when people arrange a gathering they usually talk to my wife about it because according to the stereotype, women are in charge of the family’s social calendar. Well, things are different around our house. We do have a calendar hanging in the kitchen and my wife puts an effort too, but generally I am the who enforces it. Scatter-brain sure but hey, I keep perfect track of where we need to be a year from now.

When I was working for the Age Concern England (ACE) charity it had merged with Help the Aged to create Age UK. They used to campaign for the rights of the elderly.

There was a study conducted that targeted a common problem. Most married men relied on their wives the responsibility to make all social arrangements. If the wife died before the husband, the poor widower would lead a very unsocial life due to loss of confidence or simply because he had been out of practice for too long.

 

Shoes
before I became a dad, trainers were a big no for me. Always sound them too casual. But after my first child was born, I was a man changed. I bought a pair of Merrell trainers and soon enough, those became my “daddy shoes”. So now, I have a few pairs of trainers. Moreover deck shoes are also quite comfortable and can be put on or taken off quickly. Being parents is also about speeding up, well, everything. Trainers and deck shoes are now my day-to-day fashion choice. Ah, how times change.

So there you have it folks, five ways you can tell I am a stay at home dad. Do let me know what you think and tell me about your experience as a stay at home dad or mom.

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