I have been looking for a new job for awhile now. My big struggle in finding something has been family related, that is - my wife has a great job and we don't need two people going 100 mph in a career where our kids will suffer. It has been hard for me to accept...I mean I understand it, but as a man you are supposed to be the "bread winner" and that isn't me right now. So what can I do that allows me to work and have something without being career committed? It looks like I have finally found something that will make it work. It's going to take some adjustment but I think it will be good/fun in the end. I will be a 3.5/day a week stay at home dad. I'm excited and a little bit nervous as to how I will adjust to having kids around that much and still keeping my foot in the work/adult world. The difficult part as a man is when you get the question from someone "What do you do?". No matter what people say they always take that extra pause when you tell them. I take my daughter to swimming lessons and gymnastics right now and I am always the only man there. The women around me all talk to each other but I am avoided like the plague. Not that I need them to talk to me or acknowledge me but it is a strange dichotomy where it is ok to be a SAHD (stay at home dad) but when you actually come someone who is, it is awkward.
Don't get me wrong. I am excited to spend so much time with my kids and am really looking forward to the summer with them. Maybe I need to put myself out there more or try and be different in some way or another. Any ideas???