Parenting is not easy. If you are opting to be a stay-at-home dad, prepare yourself for sleepless nights, innumerable diaper changes, and non-stop worrying. While you will already have too much on your plate, you will also need to handle society and their thoughts on being a stay-at-home dad. Here are a few tips that can help you deal with these tough times.
1. Deciding on responsibilities:
Your partner and you should be clear on who will be responsible for what. For example, who will take care of the baby at night and during the weekends. Sharing the load will help you take better care of the little one.
2. Find time for yourself:
While this might sound near impossible for someone charged with taking care of a baby, it is pertinent you find time for yourself. Some 'me time' every day will help you relax and give you the mental strength to handle the baby.
3. Keep your career in mind:
Being a stay-at-home dad will not be your job forever. So, staying updated and in touch with your field of work will help you return to your workplace.
4. Connect with other parents
You are not alone in the world of parenting. It will be helpful in connecting with other parents and discuss your challenges and strengths. You can also seek advice and learn a few tips from them.
5. Shattering stereotypes:
While your challenge at hone will be taking care of the baby, the challenge outside the home will be dealing with the society's dictates on gender roles. It's time to break the rules and show that fathers too are competent enough to take care of the child