Dear The Dad
My husband and I are expecting our first child in April. We are both currently working, but my job pays better than his plus it has better benefits. Once or twice I spoke with him about maybe staying home with the baby while I continue to work, but he said he's not interested. Actually, he said being a stay-at-home dad wasn't "manly" enough.
My husband would be great with a kid, I know, plus it makes A LOT more sense financially if he stays home instead of me. What do you think I should do?
Wife of a Manly Man, Cedar Park, TX
Dear Wifely Wife,
Not manly enough? NOT MANLY ENOUGH? Ma'am, your husband clearly has no idea about the definition of manly.
Commuting to and from work is not manly. Sitting behind a desk is not manly. Attending meetings is not manly. Reading emails, memos, or quarterly reports is not manly. Working for the Man is not manly.
Manly means one thing and one thing only: Having sex. And not just any old sex. It means having good sex, life-changing sex, baby-making sex.
Being a stay-at-home dad is the only job I know of in which you push around, in a stroller, for all the world to see, the evidence of really great sex. What could be manlier than that?
I walk around my town, pushing my girls in their big, massive SUV of a stroller, yelling out in my booming voice, "Look upon me, housewives of New Jersey! See what I hath wrought! I am the twin-maker, the maker of twins! Look upon my deeds with awe and wonder!"
Women, both young and old, swoon before me. Men, their manliness dulled by years of pencil-pushing, quake in my presence. I am easily the most manly man you will ever meet.
So tell your wuss of a husband that he's wrong, but it doesn't really matter anyway. Tell him he's not nearly manly enough to be a stay-at-home dad. Very few men are.
And that is probably a good thing.
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