Next time you’re throwing a dinner party — you may want to save a seat for journalist Derek Rielly. More on him in a sec. So. Stay-at-home dads have been in the press a bit this past month. It seems the issue of respect has been raised. As in, the 12,000 or so Australian men who choose to be stay-at-home dads don’t get any.
First up Fairfax columnist (and self-confessed quasi-house husband) Derek Rielly didn’t pull any punches when he recently dared to ask the question: Do women see stay-at-home dads as “lost men with no career prospects?” He wrote…
Put aside the prevailing Hollywood wisdom for a second and tell me, what do you really think about house husbands?
Think about it. Do you see a sexy, easy-going lone ranger scooping up his children at the school gate or a lost man with no career prospects or status standing slightly to the side at the playground while women engage in gossip and character assassination?
Let me fill an obvious blank here. I ain’t a house husband. But I kinda am. Two kids in school and a wife who brings home a good chunk of bacon every week means I do a lot of the lifting. At two-forty-five every afternoon I drive to school, a muscular Audi in the daily flotilla of Honda Odysseys.
Like Penguins heading to the sea after spring’s ice melt, we cross roads in great groups and dive into the school community. Our kids play. Our kids fall. Our kids cry. We pick them up, wipe away tears, offer pieces of fruit and then chocolate biscuits as special treats from our Tupperware containers.
You can read Rielly’s full column here.