2009: The Year I Turn Full-Fledged Stay-At-Home Dad

If you have been following this blog, you would have known that I have two children, J and K.

2009 is a new chapter for me and my kids.

My wife and I have decided to stop sending K to babysitter’s come this New Year. And we also decided to send our youngest son to a kindergarten.

Okay, you might be thinking that K is too young to go to school (he’s only 3 years old). But we have our own reason for doing this. No, not for academic reasons. But something else.

Anyway that is not the purpose of this post.

What is more important is this. Since I have been taking care of my elder daughter J for the last one year, it’s also time for me to take care of K in 2009. I turn into a full-fledged stay-at-home dad.

What does that mean to me?

I have to take care of the kids when they come back from school. Everything but not limited to: the lunch, homework, nap, playtime, bath, dinner, driver, fight, and quarrel.

It might be easier (or harder) to take care of two (one preschooler and one toddler) as compared to one. No one knows the answer yet but I shall tell you later when things are more firmed up.

Besides, I have to juggle my work while watching over the kids. The only time I can really work is when they go to school in the morning and during nap time in the afternoon.

It’s good thing as this forces me to learn to be highly productive in my work. Otherwise, I will achieve nothing. Hence, planning and discipline are two critical ingredients for work-at-home dads (and moms) like me.

Some will not agree with me for being a SAHD. But at the end of the day, it’s the time that we spend with our children that counts. And who says you can’t make a comfortable living while spending time with your kids at home. To those people, I can tell you this is nonsense.

Oh by the way, today is the first day K stays at home. He seems to be quite happy with the new arrangement (we have been telling him that he is not going to the nanny’s weeks before in order to prepare him for today) and so is J.

At this moment, J and K are playing together now. They have just finished watching a Barney video and I quickly take this opportunity to do some work… and write this article.

Later I will prepare a simple lunch.

And K just came in to the room and told me that he wanted to play Play-Doh. With that I have to end this article as I need to help set up the table for them to play with the modeling clay.

Next Monday will be even more exciting as both kids start going to school. Let’s see how K deal with this new situation.

Wish me good luck on my new “position.”

Happy New Year!

About Abel Cheng

I am a work-at-home father and chauffeur to my 2 children. I love simple living and my latest passion is healthy eating. Lastly, I am the founder of ParentWonder, which shares tips on becoming better parents.