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The Stay-at-Home Dad Handbook - Peter Baylies

The Stay-at-Home Dad Handbook

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Written by a stay-at-home dad for other stay-at-home dads, this handbook addresses the particular parenting issues men face when they become the primary caregivers. This "man-friendly" resource offers practical solutions to such challenges as living well on one income, understanding the wife's breadwinner status, cleaning the house without feeling overwhelmed, and networking in a female-oriented community. Creative anecdotes offer supportive and effective advice to help stay-at-home dads successfully deal with the psychological issues, as well as the everyday details, that make this parenting situation different. This advice-oriented guide also offers a special section of newsletters, online chat groups, playgroups around the country, and stay-at-home dad organizations.

"Provides the tools, knowledge, and support that no stay-at-home dad should be without." --Armin Brott, author, The Expectant Father and The New Father: A Dad's Guide to the First Year "Provides tools, support and a dose of reality to life at home with children." -- Nashville Parent Magazine "The perfect resource for current stay-at-home dads as well as new parents considering their child-care options." -- Norwich Bulletin "Offers plenty of practical tips and resources." -- Queens Parent "There's plenty here that could provide a first-time stay-at-home dad some comfort and practical information." -- New York Post "Couples must read this before deciding who will stay home...with this helpful handbook, dad can do it too!" --Dr. Robert Frank, author, Parenting Partners and The Secret Life of The Dyslexic Child "Helps validate the feelings of its male readers while offering...ideas to combat the hardships and embrace the benefits." -- The Plain Dealer "A great resource for any dad, but an invaluable one for the 'Stay-at-Home' dads out there." -- City Parent

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Starting Your New Careerp. 1
Making the Decisionp. 2
The First Daysp. 6
Losing Your Status as Breadwinnerp. 8
Mr. Momp. 10
Isolation Creeps Inp. 12
Finding Other Dadsp. 14
Establishing a Routinep. 15
And Then There Were Twop. 18
Spotlight on Dadp. 19
At-Home Dads and Marriage: When the Rush Hour Starts at Homep. 23
Hell Hourp. 24
Creating a Game Planp. 25
At-Home Dad Contractp. 27
Family Meetingsp. 29
Simplifying Dinnertimep. 29
Bedtime Routinep. 30
A Message for the Momsp. 32
Loss of Intimacyp. 37
Jealous at Home Versus Guilty at Workp. 39
Disciplinep. 44
Spotlight on Dadp. 47
Men Who Clean Bathrooms and the Women Who Love Themp. 51
Living Up to a Higher Standard of Cleaningp. 53
The Wife's Point of Viewp. 55
Resolving Your Differencesp. 56
Getting the Kids to Helpp. 57
Childproofingp. 59
Setting a Schedulep. 60
Cleaning Tips from Other Dadsp. 61
Spotlight on Dadp. 64
Making New Connectionsp. 67
Playgroupsp. 67
Starting Your Own Playgroupp. 69
The First Meetingsp. 71
Dads' Night Outp. 73
Hanging Out with the Momsp. 74
Play Datesp. 77
Connecting with the Internetp. 79
Other Suggestions to Help You Connectp. 82
Spotlight on Dadp. 83
Living on One Incomep. 87
Changing Your State of Mind and Adjusting Your Lifestylep. 90
Adding on to the Savings at Homep. 91
Kid Fun: Free Activities That Will Save You Money--and Not Skimp on the Funp. 93
Shopping at Yard Sales and on eBayp. 97
Sweat Equity: Doing Your Own Home Repairsp. 99
Shopping for Bargainsp. 102
Spotlight on Dadp. 104
Working at Home: A Juggling Actp. 109
Weighing the Pros and Consp. 110
Choosing the Right Jobp. 111
Setting Reasonable Expectationsp. 116
Daycare Dadsp. 117
Getting to Workp. 120
Spotlight on Dadp. 126
Avoiding At-Home Dad Burnoutp. 141
Watching for the Signsp. 142
Getting Outp. 144
Taking the Kidsp. 146
Avoiding Burnout at Homep. 148
Take It in Stridep. 149
Spotlight on Dadp. 154
Is There Life After Kindergarten?p. 157
What Should You Do Now?p. 159
When You Stay at Homep. 162
Returning to Workp. 166
Spotlight on Dadp. 168
From the Frontlines of Fatherhood: More Dads in the Spotlightp. 173
Resourcesp. 199
Indexp. 211
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ISBN: 9781556525346
ISBN-10: 1556525346
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st October 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.33