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It's stay-at-home dad week on Go Ask Mom

Posted June 24, 2012

Members of Triangle Stay at Home Dads pose at a recent gathering at Observation Park at Raleigh Durham International Airport.

I'm excited that we'll be featuring some local stay-at-home dads this week on Go Ask Mom.

Tonight, we'll feature the Triangle Stay at Home Dads group, which welcomed me and my daughters to one of their weekly gatherings a couple of weeks ago.

Starting Tuesday, another stay at home dad, Mike Slawter, a Raleigh father of two, who left his job to stay home with his daughters a few months ago, will write about his decision to stay home and his experience so far. We'll have posts from him Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The number of stay-at-home dads is growing, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

In 2010, 154,000 married fathers with children younger than 15 stayed at home to care for their family while their wives worked outside the home. The fathers cared for 287,000 children, according to the bureau.

In 2011, the number grew to 176,000. Those dads cared for as many as 332,000 children.

I'm not surprised. It seems that I've been running into more and more stay-at-home dads at the playground, at events that Go Ask Mom staffs and elsewhere.

For a look at the husbands and fathers behind some high-profile female corporate executives, read this article from Bloomberg Businessweek.

And to learn more about some local stay-at-home dads, stay tuned to Go Ask Mom!

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