We hear of stay-at-home mums all the time, but in the modern world, it’s become less rare for fathers to be the ones who take on the role of carer when it comes to having children and starting a family. It is definitely a scary decision to make a lifestyle change - especially one this dramatic. For those who decide to work from home, start up their own business, or leave the working world altogether to be a full-time dad - it can most definitely be daunting. Browse baby equipment online to make sure you are as ready as you can possibly be for this new chapter of your life, and it will most definitely be a rewarding one!
Always remember, it is not necessarily the amount of time you are spending with your children, but the quality of that time! Sometimes, getting closer to your young ones can be as simple as making the effort to tuck your kids into bed at night. But without further ado, here are 3 stay-at-home dads who have shared their stories with us, which will hopefully inspire and reassure those of you hoping to head down a similar pathway:
Jason Knight, miiGroup Ltd
“It all started after the birth of my daughter, she was born premmy at just 26 weeks....
I spent a lot of time in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) reading about entrepreneurship and and thinking, ‘how do i start something’. After all, my parents, who are great parents are not risk-takers, and in fact almost everyone i knew was a 9-5 person, that went to work, for somebody else and switched off at the end of the day. To me this was boring as no risk meant no growth.
Fast forward about 10 years, single father, in and out of relationships where i spent my time reading and self educating...... eventually finding my self a self taught web developer.
I had developed many sites, some with great traction, and some that have never seen the light of day, but nothing significant, and I still didn't know how to go from idea to actually growing into a business
By this time I had had many positions working in everything from my first trade as a plumber, a removalist, driller & fitter in the mines in WA, back to trades fencing and renovations and eventually found myself back in the mines, this time in the Bowen Basin coal mines working as a fitter.
I found myself losing wages for times of being unable to attend sites because of expired tickets, or lack of inductions, which also meant the companies i was working for were losing money too. primarily because the systems these companies utilised were not great. Spreadsheets, whiteboards and filing cabinets being the way most small to medium sized businesses manage tickets expiries and credentials!
Looking at the problem, I realised it was simple, workers in regulated sectors need a portable digital record that would connect to employers, and the idea of the portable work profile was born.
Luckily my then girlfriend who would eventually become my long term partner and co-founder was super supportive. I still had no idea how to grow this idea into a business, so it was time to learn about starting tech companies and how to fund the growth of an idea into a business!
What has resulted is two platforms, miiFile a digital identity and iCompLii a worker management platform. Both platforms are market tested and are currently being commercialised.”
You can also find miiGroup on Facebook to further connect!
Luke Sweeney, Sunnies.com.au
Ange Sweeney wrote in to us to share her husband’s story of a shift in career, through buying an online business, so as to be around the family more:
“My hubby, and boss Luke Sweeney bought an online store and recently left his job so he could spend more time with our kids.
For the past ten years he has worked offshore and felt like he missed out on too much of their lives. When an opportunity arose to buy an online business he jumped at it allowing him to return home for good. He is now able to drop off and pick up the kids and enjoy weekends together. His business is online ecommerce store www.sunnies.com.au, an online store selling affordable sunglasses to Aussies. He has recently involved our daughter who enjoys helping him buy the kids range, which she loves and they get to bond together. He is a friendly and humble family man.”
You can find their business, Sunnies, on Facebook as well!
Francis Yim, Proud Daddy Moments
“It was Christmas 2016 when we have hit a crossroad. My wife was going back to work, and we did not want to put our 6 month old daughter into full time childcare and our 6 year old into after school care almost every day.
My wife's job has a higher income potential than mine, and I was also getting tired of working for someone else. So we decided that it was the right time to take the plunge and leave my very secure job, and stay home to take care of the kids, while trying to push a business idea that I have had for a while. We love both my daughters, and we believe that as parents, it is still our primary responsibility to raise them.
So since March 2017, I have become a stay home dad, who is juggling both child-care, home care, and business care. I am only at the beginning of this journey of trying to find a balance of home, childcare, and work. I still have many things to figure out. Being an Asian Migrant, with no family for support, it is all up to my wife and I to make it work. I can provide a unique Asian (in my case, Singaporean) perspective, where there is usually an extended family close by to help, and both parents are usually working to make ends meet. It is still a stigma for an Asian man to be a stay home Dad.
Following on from this, I have had to make a painful mental leap to realise that I am now part house-husband, part business owner. This has definitely required a mental leap , and I am still slowly embracing this social oddity that would be frowned upon back where I come from.
About Proud Daddy Moments:
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So there you have it - three dads who have embraced the modern notion that family roles do not have to be traditional, or universally standard. You should made decisions for your family based on what works the best in your situation, and disregard society’s opinion of what is so called “normal” or otherwise. This includes other controversial topics, such as whether homeschooling is a good idea! All these choices are decisions that should be considered by you as a family unit, without external influences! Hopefully you are inspired by the stories you have read here today and will take their messages with you going forward.