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The Nine To Five

We have 2-3 hours a day with our family.

For many men it’s inevitable. The world runs on a 9-5 schedule. For single guys and men without kids it works out pretty great. You get to sleep in a little, you get home early enough and you have the weekends off but as a dad I can’t help but feel we are missing out on watching our children grow. There is always a nagging feeling that I’ll turn in to that workaholic┬ádad, that my kids will grow up despising me because I only see them 3 hours a day. I know it’s not true but the feeling is there nonetheless.

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There is a growing number of “Stay-At-Home” dads gaining public attention. The conversations I’ve seen tends to be a mix of dads who are either working from home or who are staying home while his spouse heads off to work. It’s hard for me to imagine taking care of my kids full-time without working some sort of a side-job but I envy those who get the blessing of being able to be at home watching their children grow up. I desire to be there for my kids and to give my wife a hand with the day-to-day responsibilities of family life. I’m not saying stay-at-home dad’s have it easy; I’ve seen how hard it is to live 24/7 with the kids but these dad’s are providing their children with something that more of us need to: their presence.

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We need to be there for our children. We need to love and support our spouses but how do we do that with such a small amount of time spent with them? If we’re off by 5 and home by 5:30 or 6 we have an average of an hour to to spend with out children away from the dinner table before bed time. Is that enough? Can we really engage them in that time or are we using it reading articles and surfing the internet from our phones (speaking to myself here as well guys)? Whether we work a 9-5, a 7-4, graveyard or stay at home we need to make those precious hours count. The last thing our children’s generation needs are more distracted and detached fathers.

Are you a stay-at-home or work-from-home dad? What does a “typical” day look like?


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Sean Leacy

Christ follower, husband & father. Geek extraordinaire, SysAdmin & avid outdoorsman. I love to lead worship & write. #DadLife #RedeemingFatherhood