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10 Ways How Being a Stay-At-Home Dad Will Make My Wife a Man

By Ron Mattocks |


It’s been nearly four years since I was laid off and forced to stay at home with the kids while my wife went off to work. As a guy who’s always had a job and who accumulated a long history of success in both the military and the corporate world, this reversal  of traditional gender roles has put me in unfamiliar territory. I’m  now the one packing the lunches and getting the kids on the bus while my wife  comes home  talking about acquisitions and mergers. It’s moments like this, as I slap another piece of bologna between two slices of Wonder Bread, that I start to envision a day in the future when I would be complaining to my mommy friends at Girl Scouts about how my becoming a stay-at-home dad turned my wife into a man. Here’s just some of the habits I can see her adopting.


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10 Ways Being a Stay-at-Home Dad has Affected Gender Roles

1. She’ll lose all sense of bathroom decorum

She’ll leave the toilet seat up, refuse to change the empty TP rolls and takes 40 minutes to read the sports section. Guess who’ll be king of the throne then?


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About Ron Mattocks


Ron Mattocks

Ron Mattocks is a freelance writer, author of Sugar Milk: What One Dad Drinks When He Can’t Afford Vodka, and a father of five. In 2007, Mattocks started Clark Kent’s Lunchbox, which landed him in Babble's Top 50 Dad Bloggers list in 2011. Mattocks was a regular contributor to Babble, and has been featured in The Huffington Post, Open Salon and a number of other publications.

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5 thoughts on “10 Ways How Being a Stay-At-Home Dad Will Make My Wife a Man

  1. Clark Kent's Lunchbox says:

    @Mike Ha! Well, like I said, some aren’t too far off—replace Lumberkjack Competition with “Battlestar Galactica” …and the Camaro with a ’77 Cadillac! :-)

  2. Mr Lady says:

    #6 already happened, you silly goose.

  3. Sam says:

    well someones got to even out the score for all the desperate housewives…haha

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