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Friday, June 15, 2007

MR. MOM

According to the Census Bureau, there were 159,000 stay-at-home dads in 2006 — defined as “married fathers with children under 15 years old, who have remained out of the labor force for more than one year primarily so they can care for the family while their wives work outside the home.” This special breed of dad cared for 283,000 children last year. Here are a few more stats:

60 percent had two or more children.
40 percent had an annual family income of $50,000 or more.
35 percent had children younger than three living with them.

While they are still a small percentage of the 64.3 million fathers in the U.S., we suspect many stay-at-home dads will receive a tie or shirt this Sunday from the nation’s 8,685 men’s clothing stores, or tools from its 14,257 hardware stores or 5,925 home centers. And dads will also receive more than 66 million Father’s Day cards. The holiday is the fourth-largest card-sending occasion during the year!

Do you have a favorite Father’s Day gift? Let us know.

In the meantime, here’s some special reading for Dads:

Father’s Day: Notes From a New Dad in the Real World by Bill McCoy

Crawling: A Father’s First Year by Elisha Cooper

The Good Father: On Men, Masculinity and Life in the Family
by Mark O’Connell

Don’t Make Me Stop This Car! Adventures in Fatherhood by Al Roker

A Father’s Poems by Ajit Singh Dutta

Summer Reading Program
All family members can enjoy the Fairfax County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, which kicks off on Monday, June 18 and runs through September 1. It’s held in cooperation with Fairfax County Public Schools to encourage students to read for pleasure during the summer. But, there is something for everyone. Adults can find a special summer reading list in the library’s calendar, “This Month.” Teen filmmakers can compete in the Cool Clips contest and those entering 7th and 8th grade can enter a writing contest and win up to $100.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My husband is a stay at home Dad and he is also my hero. Dad's can be just as effective, if not more so, in the role of primary care giver and I think it is very unfair how they are perceived by the general public. The reactions we get when people find out that Dad stays at home are mostly supportive, but sometimes people react as if we're doing something horribly wrong. Which amazes me when I consider how wonderful my kids are doing. My husband takes his role very, very seriously and does everything he can for our 3 little ones. I'm sure he does a better job then I would!