Stay at Home Dad?
Not too many of them that I've known. At least, that were happy in that condition.
This article ('Taking Stock of My Life as a StayAtHome Dad') presents some interesting challenges to our ideas of masculinity and gender roles in the home. I was struck by how servant-like this dad was while at the same time failing in more classic male occupations, like bacon-bringing. Perhaps the best sort of compromise would be for husbands to stop asking their wives to be breadwinners and homemakers and instead to be both breadwinners and homemakers themselves. That is, to work for the family's financial security and also to demonstrate for the family Jesus-like servant leadership.
We all love the Proverbs 31 woman, but what about a Proverbs 31 MAN? How about us guys 'manning' up and being more like this virtuous woman?
Because the reality is that, man or woman, the more virtuous we become, the more Jesus-like we become. And all mythical notions of 'me-time' and 'checking-out' as necessary components to a life well-lived would be exposed as hooey.
So, husband or wife, father or mother, let the Spirit of the Lord guide you into a life of getting more and more of His Life by giving more and more of yours to those around you.