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You never really know how hard your parents had it with you as a child until you have kids of your own. I don’t know how many times i heard this growing up, but it rings in so many truths to me it’s not funny. I am a stay at home dad with 2 little boys who act a lot like i did growing up. For starters, i want to congratulate all the stay at home mums out there with what a nightmare it must seem to do the job even with it being out of love and kindness for your children. I have taken a break from the workforce for just over a year so my children could have at least one parent home every day. At first i thought it would be a walk through the park, but i learnt quickly that the reason your partner asks for a nice hot bath and a night out without the kids is because they need a break and to know that it is worth it and how loved they are. Nothing like this is ever as easy as it looks and no matter how prepared you may think you are, you’re not. All the mothers and fathers out there who are a stay home parent should really be rewarded and commended for the decision and efforts that they put into the house and family. It took me a little while and some advice from family and friends before everything came together and i finally got everything settled and now even with all the stress that the little ones can bring, anything is possible to achieve. I also really want to commend all the single parents out there as well. You have it hardest of all with having no support from a partner. My advice is to never give up hope, because some day the right person will come along and always remember that your family will always be there to help whenever you need some really good parenting advice.


Posted by drazvern, 15th June 2013


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  • What a lovely and understanding husband you have become! I hope you’re loved and appreciated for it

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  • This sure is an old post..but worth reading even now….beautifully articulated

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  • How wonderful to read something from the male perspective, well done.

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  • My hubby read this, he said good on you because he was a stay at home dad while I went back to work.

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  • those who judge dont know how to put themselves in other people shooes!

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  • Loved reading your story, how refreshing for this to be coming from a male.

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  • Thank you for the nice gesture :) In life, we try our best to do the right things in life.

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  • What a great story to read and so true.

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  • I never truly appreciated my mum until I had my own children. Thanks Mum – I love you!

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  • I have most respect for my parents now.

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  • :) Can you come have a beer with my hubby and explain this? better yet- find some more SAHD’s and do seminars around the place explaining this! I do home day care with 4 under school age (6mnths, 8mnths, 18mnths and 3yrs) and 1 schoolie (5years), admittedly hubby works LONG hrs in a stressful job. But i would LOVE to have 30min to chill in the arvo! ahhhh wouldnt it be nice!

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  • what a nice thing to read…….as a stay at home mum, it means alot to us that we are recognised and your right, single parents have it hardest as they have no partner for support at all………..

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  • So true. I constantly think single parents dont get enough credit. How do they get through those days when all you want is for your partner to walk through the door so you can go to the toilet in peace? Bringing up children is the most challenging yet rewarding job you will ever have, and I commend you for taking time out of your career to raise a family. You can always go back to work but you can never get these years of your childrens lives back. When im having a bad day i tend to try and remind myself (although sometimes its rather hard) that when I return to work I will miss the days spent chasing the kids around trying to get them dressed and the constant “mum, mum, mum” all day. I believe i am blessed to be able to do this and even though some days I want to run away I wouldn’t have life any other way.
    By the way….It great to see a father on this site.

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