I am a stay-at-home dad of two wonderful sons ages 3 and 1. When my wife and I go married, we knew we wanted children right away. She was 29 and I was 28, so we knew we were not getting any younger so we needed to have them now. But it would be 4 years later when we had our first son, then 15 months later we had our second son. Now I am not trying to offend anyone here, this is just my beliefs, but I hate daycare centers. So therefore I knew one of us would be staying home from our jobs to be a full-time parent. Daycares are wonderful for single parents, or widowed parents, but I feel if two parents are around then one should make the kids there full time responsiblity. We did check one christian daycare center out, but it was about 25 miles away from home and around $300 a week. My job at the time, I only made about $400 a week after every deduction came out. So by the time we would pay the daycare cost and the gas driving back and forth, I would have been working for nothing financially speaking. My wife has been on her job since she was 17 and is now 36, so she has 19 years in on her job, so we decided I would be the one to stay home. I have been put down alot because of this by some very ignorant people. One preacher even told me that is was Gods will that a woman never work a public job and that basicaly I was just as sorry as they come. But when my wife can bring in $400-$600 more a month than I and have the best insurance you can imagine, I just don't see any harm in this situation. I realy don't care what folks may say about me, but I was just interested in what folks thaught of a stay-at-home dad. I use to think that woman had it made when they stayed at home with children, but now my eyes have been open. It is just as hard as a full time job when you are watching 2 boys, washing clothes and dishes, cleaning, giving baths, changing diapers, and the list goes on and on. I think the hardest part though is sacrificing my t.v. programs for "Barney", "Mickey Mouse", and the "Backyardigans". Just kidding about that one, but I do miss my CNN and MSNBC. Take care all and I wish you the best. God bless.
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