At-Home Dad

August 31, 2004

[At-Home Dad Handbook]Kay’s gone for a few days on a business trip, and I am holding down the fort as Mr. Mom. Yesterday was go, go, go, I scarcely had 5 minutes to sit down to relax: Take Kay to the airport, shop for more school supplies, oh and we need toothpaste and coffee, do some laundry and a little cleaning, then go pick up the kids from school, help them with homework and piano, get one kid in the shower while I cook, serve the meal, have the kids clean up but there’s always something for the parent, read the kids a story and tuck them in bed. Whew!

I tip my hat to all at-home moms and dads. The next time somebody says, “So you don’t work?” you have my permission to slug them.

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

5 responses to At-Home Dad

  1. Thanks Jon, yes being an at home parent is a lot of work. Good thing God changed my heart so I enjoy it so much more.
    Let me know how Kay’s trip goes.

  2. Way to score points with the chicks, man! 😉

  3. I’ve worked 100 hour weeks landscaping, 80 hour weeks with logistic departments, 80-100 hour weeks as a youth minister, etc., etc.
    I still think my wife has the single toughest job I know of. Stay at home moms get almost no credit because they don’t earn money, but they do (in my opinion) the hardest thing there is to do–leave their lives behind for years while they tend to the tedious needs of the children.
    Here’s to my wife, yours, and all others who “don’t work.” I second your post wholeheartedly.

  4. RM, we shall toast to our wives while at Soliton. My buddy Mike is single, but he will toast to my wife as she feeds him often enough.

  5. You have my sympathies, Jon. It is truly not easy. Deb and I are CONSTANTLY trying to keep up with our wild 7 and 5 year old boys while attending the given needs of a 4 mo-2week old infant. I had the chore of caring for all three of them as Deb cleaned her Mom’s house yesterday. Phew! Was that ever hard work!!
    Just comes with the territory I guess.