New fathers, people will tell you that there are many ways you can prepare to become a stay at home dad; read the top dad blogs, purchase the latest parenting books, visit online forums, seek advice from fellow dads, or just wing it.
The truth is, most of what you research will not matter beyond lessons relating to the tactical aspects of parenting. The truth is, how you handle the role depends on a host of factors from your personality to your social environment.
Some dads can be confident at first but struggle, and other dads are self-conscious of their role but successfully step up to the plate. Realistically you never know until you’re alone in a quiet house with an infant who has extremely limited ways of communicating with you.
I’ve been a stay-at-home dad for nearly four years so I’ve learned a couple truths: some through luck, some through trial and error, and some through common sense. Here are seven universal guidelines for the new stay at home dad: [Read more…]