The Uncommon Man

August 04, 2005

Full-Time Father

I surf a lot of blogs about parenting (mostly because I am a relatively new father - one year, thank you). And, this article and the focus of this article, stay-at-home-dad Michael Paranzino, has generated a lot of discussion. Mr. Paranzino has become a mini-celebrity - showing up on CBS' Early Show yesterday morning. Everyone praises his being a stay-at-home-father. But it's his belief that as a stay-at-home-father, he should only focus on his children and not the house-work. This has brought on a lot of discussion and claims of sexism (since stay-at-home-moms were always expected to do house-work. And, why is it always women, whether they are the bread-winner or not, who are assigned house-work).

You can check-out the USA Today article linked below and you can check out some of the blog discussions at Rebel Dad (August 3rd and 4th posts)and at Half Changed World.

Article: via USA Today - Daddy's Home to Stay

Posted by Russell at August 4, 2005 06:08 AM


Any man who is staying at home to look after his children while his wife goes to work will no longer be regared as a Man in Nigeria. Such a man is called Sheman or Woman-wrapper. And he will not even walk straight on the street talkless of appearing on TV!

We only have housewives and there are no househusbands in Nigeria, except they are vegetable.

Posted by: Orikinla Osinachi at August 4, 2005 11:18 AM

Kathy Fitzgerald Sherman talked about the kids/housework dilemma in her 2000 book, A Housekeeper is Cheaper Than A Divorce. It's a very good read.

Posted by: Cynthia Armistead at August 11, 2005 11:11 AM

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