Monday, November 28, 2011
The Myth of Mr. Mom edited by Jeremy Rodden
This was an interesting read. It's a collection of essays written by stay-at-home dads who fit child-care, housework, and other ventures all into their days. The authors are from around the world, so you get different points-of-view in each essay.
The editor of this book sent me a copy of the ebook for review (thank you). The ebook is available on Smashwords and Amazon now. The print book is due to be published December 10th.
As with any change in traditional lifestyles, these men have found out what it feels like to be a second class citizen. They feel emasculated, scorned and angry at how some people treat them. Most of them chose their course by having long discussions with their wives and talking about all alternatives. When this was the best option they had, they sacrificed part of their egos to become the best stay-at-home dad they could.
My favorites were the stories with humor. Picture a 6'4" Dad waiting for the bus with her child's fluffy little pink umbrella; doesn't that make you smile?
From my perspective, it's not just these men that get some flack. Being called "the little woman" or finding out your Dad won't pay for college because I'll just get married and have kids doesn't make women happy either.
Anyone who stays home with their children and helps them grow to be all they can be gets my respect. It requires sacrifice to do that.
By way, I did get married, didn't have children, and graduated from college at age 40. You don't have to listen to what other people tell you.
Congrats, guys, for being strong enough to do the right thing.