A New Name for Stay-at-Home Dads ... Fathermuckers?

So I’ll get to the whole SAHD thing in a second, but buried at the bottom of this Washington Post On Parenting piece was a little bit of horrific news: Hollywood is considering a remake of Mr. Mom.


Now, I love me some Michael Keaton, and I actually enjoyed the movie itself, but that title is 25 years old now and is still making it difficult for dads to be parents without being labeled moms. I don’t want to deal with 25 more years of that crap.

But I digress.

On Parenting chatted with Greg Olear, a great writer whose novel, Fathermucker, chronicles a day in the life of a stay-at-home dad (I was excited to see this story, as I just started reading the book and like it!). He suggested a new name for stay-at-home dads and surprise surprise … he comes up with fathermucker. Now, that’s great book marketing. But while I don’t like his choice, I do like his idea.

SAHDS need a new name.

It’s a mouthful. It implies we’re stuck. It’s long. It’s boring. I just don’t like to say it or write it for aesthetic reasons. Do moms at home call themselves stay-at-home moms? Full-time moms? That’s a mouthful, too.

The problem is, it’s an awfully descriptive term. I’m not just a dad. I do, in fact, stay home. So damn it, what can you say? Househusband seems weird. My wife vetoed “trophy husband” with a snort that was a little too mean sounding for my taste.

If you were to rename stay-at-home dads, what would you call them?

Follow Mike at his blog, Cry It Out!, or on Facebook.


7 Unexpected Ways to Use Duct Tape

Lego Got It Right: In the 1950s

Article Posted 4 years Ago
share this article
facebook twitter tumblr pinterest
See Comments
what do you think?
share this article
facebook twitter tumblr pinterest
See Comments
what do you think?
what do you think?
close comments
Subscribe to the
Follow us on