I have worked from home and have been a “stay at home parent” for over 13 years. My dual career has provided rewards and challenges but never regret. Career opportunities have presented themselves over the years, but none promised the flexibility or incentive to swap my current life with another. I realize other families don’t have a similar choice. I’m fortunate.
This morning’s NYT article about working moms and stay at home fathers is fascinating. It captures many of the career and parenting issues our family has encountered and still manages. In our case, choices were easier than those shared by parents in the article (or the comments section).
The article focused on mothers working in the financial industry, a very high-demand career. However, I think the issues are applicable to any industry or couple. As a Latino, my experiences as a stay at home father added a layer of cultural stereotypes and traditional beliefs. Imagine being a Latino stay-at-home father in the deep South – that was me!
I encourage you to read through the comments on this one – some interesting stories.