Mr Mom becoming more of a household name in US

April 12, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Just so you know. Don’t call me “Mr. Mom.” I’m a stay at home dad. I own my masculinity. I’m not trying to be a “mom.” I’m a “dad.”

I’m not the hapless Mr. Mom from that crappy 80s movie. I’m a Problem without a Solution. I’m a SAHD. Hear me roar.

If you’re calling yourself Mr. Mom, I’d prescribe a night of hard drinking followed by a road trip to Vegas, where you should watch a prize fight from the first row. Total the car, hit on Marg Helgenberger, then hop a flight to that weeks NASCAR event.

Failing that, just hangout for a weekend with Ragin and Eamon.

(And if you call yourself a “Mommy Daddy,” I’m going to prescribe the road trip, and the weekend with Ragin and Eamon. Maybe a full week.)

Via Yahoo News

Mr Mom becoming more of a household name in US

by Jocelyne ZablitSun Apr 8, 11:18 PM ET

The day his daughter Olivia was born, as Mark Ruis puts it, was the last day of his career — at least for the foreseeable future.

On that day three years ago, Ruis joined a growing number of men across the United States who are bucking tradition and taking on the title of Mr Mom, or stay-at-home dad.

“I didn’t think I had it in me,” Ruis, 38, of the eastern state of New Jersey, told AFP. “To be a stay-at-home nurturing parent with patience, to be able to do all the chores, all the organizational stuff, I didn’t think I could do it.

“But lo and behold, when it came down to it, I was able to.”

According to the US Census Bureau, there are 159,000 stay-at-home fathers currently in the United States, a more than three-fold increase from 1996 when they numbered 49,000.

Researchers and associations that represent these fathers, however, estimate their number to be closer to two million, as the Census Bureau figures do not take into account fathers who work part time or from the home.

And they’ve come a long way in the quarter-century since the bumbling dads in the 1983 hit “Mr Mom” starring Michael Keaton. While it may have popularized the term, the film treated the species as an oddity, a stay-at-home dad who is there because he lost his job, struggling to cope with diaper-changing, meal-cooking home multi-tasking handled “easily” by women.

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