The National At-Home Dad Network holds its 19th annual convention in Denver this weekend (Sept. 19-21, 2014). Stay at home dad Richard Blake (Lafayette, Colo.) found a sitter so he could visit "First Take with Lando and Chavis" and attend the convention.
While the phenomenon is still somewhat rare (there are 1.4 million such dads in the U.S. today), these dads are growing their ranks. "Being a stay-at-home dad is becoming more accepted," says Blake.
Blake says he gets way more than the average double-take. "When moms see you, they think, 'Oh, dads dropping the kid off today. Oh, again today. Today! Wow, what's he doing?'"
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE INTERVIEW:
- "We all have elements of nurturing in us," says Blake. "It all comes down to personality and style."
- "There are a lot of varieties of reasons for staying at home. The decision to support the wife's career is one of them. Other fathers may feel like 'I want to be the one to stay home with our children.'"