In The Kitchen With Dad
Doing laundry, driving kids to school and serving as the family’s chief cook: these are just a few of the things stay-at-home dads juggle each day as they man the home front. To help, we’re dishing out all the best tips and tricks for busy dads in the kitchen!
Ask any parents and they’ll tell you that the most stressful part of the day is getting their kids fed.
It’s challenging to please everyone while serving healthy meals that keep the family budget intact.
Shannon Carpenter, father of three from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, realized how tough cooking really was when he became a stay-at-home dad. “The biggest challenge I face is coming up with new meals each week. Then there are the time constraints when cooking coupled with the fact that usually someone is grabbing your leg or trying to get your attention.”
He’s not the only dad.
In the last 10 years, the number of dads choosing to become the primary caregiver for their kids has more than doubled. With an estimated 1.75 million at-home dads, the family dynamic is changing as mothers increasingly become family breadwinners and fathers take their places at home.
For dads, this means good-bye to traditional jobs and careers. They must become adept at such skills as keeping toddlers corralled, cranking out three meals a day and keeping up with a never-ending pile of laundry.
In their new roles, many men are handling the challenges and finding satisfaction, according to a 2011 study by the Boston College Center for Work and Family.
“Many said they have become more patient, more relaxed and calmer” as at-home dads, the study says. “They were now more competent doing family chores. Some felt better able to focus and be more productive. All felt they had developed closer relationships with their children.”
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