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Should a parent stay at home?

by on Jul.16, 2006, under General

I’ve been thinking about the topic of a parent staying home while the kids are growing up. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, and more and more come to conclusion that this is a most important factor. There’s a number of reasons for this, but mostly what it comes down to is I feel that it’s best for the kid(s). Some may disagree with this viewpoint, and that’s fine for them. I’m not in the mood to argue it, but mostly just to state that I’ve realized I view things this way, and it’s very important for me, and in whomeever I marry someday.

Some people may ask why isn’t it really up to whomever I marry? Well, simply put, it’s because to me the needs of the kids outweigh my wife’s or my viewpoints. It’s much more important to me that when I have kids, they turn out well, as that’s the most important action and plan I can make. I think kids who grow up with a parent at home turn out far better, have more guidance, etc. etc. etc. than kids who come home to no supervision, or who are raised by non-parents, such as a TV or daycare. There’s numerous other reasons as to why I view things this way, but just wanted to state this for now.

I’ll leave with this last thought – that it’s not so much the woman’s job, as a parents’ job. This role can be the father or mother – it’s up to the parents to figure that part out. Stephen Kropp for example seems to do an amazing job as a “housedad” and that’s a model I wouldn’t hesitate to follow, should I get married and my wife want to work. Of course, these thoughts are more for the future than any immediate presence, but just some things I’ve seen and read lately make me more and more sure of this viewpoint – that YES, a parent should stay at home while the kids are being raised, at least for an extended period while they’re raised.

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