LearnVest is a large website that provides financial tools, resources and support to women.
They asked me recently to write an article for them about my experience as an at-home dad, as part of their “Money Mic” series, where people share different opinions on finances.
While it touches on many aspects of being a SAHD I don’t think I’ve ever been specifically asked to write about the financial considerations and challenges, and it was interesting to do so.
In our LV Moms’ Money Mic series, we hand over the podium to people with controversial views about money and parenthood. These views are theirs, not ours, but we look forward to opening up the floor for discussion.
In the past, we’ve featured writers with ideas on everything from how to earn extra cash while doing other people’s chores to why one mom home-schools her kids.
In today’s story, Chris Routly, a stay-at-home dad in Allentown, PA, explains how he and his wife came to the decision that he would leave work to stay home with their two young boys, aged 3 and 1, and how they make it work raising a family on her salary alone.
You’ve probably read a lot recently about how there has been an increase in the number of stay-at-home dads in the United States in last few years. You’ll mostly hear that this is because the troubled economy is hitting traditionally male occupations like construction and manufacturing the hardest, while women are graduating from college at a higher rate, and more often than ever bringing home higher salaries than their husbands.
However, while there are certainly plenty of men who have lost their jobs and stepped up their responsibilities at home, I think, for many dads out there, the reason for becoming “at-home dads” is actually twofold—both financially based and a chosen decision.
I am one of those dads, and I’d like to share my family’s story…
Please go read the rest of the article here!