You are NOT alone. Many of us stay at home dads can start to feel like we are all alone in the world taking on this huge undertaking all alone. There are other at home dads out there, and you should truly seek them out so that you can discuss things and even setup activities where you and your kids can get out. The question is how to meet other dads?
This is going to be your best bet. Chances are you already have a facebook page, a twitter page, or some other means of talking to your family and friends. Don’t be afraid to put a message out there asking if there are any other stay at home dads out there. If none of your immediate circle is, there is still a great chance that they may know someone.
#2 Going where other dads are
I have met three different guys that take care of their kids throughout the day. One of them isn’t a full time stay at home guy, but he works nights and loves taking the kids out. I met these guys just hanging out at the park with my kids. When the kids play together you almost can’t help but strike up a conversation. If you feel weird about asking to start hanging out, then just say that your kids are having fun with his and ask if they come to the park regularly. I promise, it won’t seem weird, lol.
3# Looking for groups in your area
We don’t have one here that I know about, but I know that some larger cities have activity groups for at home fathers. Take a look on google, craigslist, or the local section of your facebook account. Just make sure these groups get together at public places, that way you can scope things out and make sure things are legit.
Sometimes finding like minded people can really make a difference in your perspective on things. I know a lot of guys still have trouble fitting into this “alternative” role. Talking it out can solidify your feelings about just how important your role is.
Till next time!