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Stay At Home Dads

What do you think about stay at home dads? Does it increase a child's chances of having a relationship with God later in life, if they have a constant father figure around when they are young?

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** If the man is able to work, he should go out and work and provide for his family.**

Why should men have to leave the home to make a living? Ever hear of a home office?

There was a time in American society (and it wasn't that long ago) where most fathers DID stay at home to work the family farm.
---Jack on 8/12/08

Jim: I applaud you for your heroism. You are a very rare specimen these days. Your wife is one blessed lady. I hope she appreciates you and all that you do.
---Robyn on 10/25/07

If the man is able to work, he should go out and work and provide for his family. And be the head of that family. If the father is a born again Christian, doesn't mean the child will be when older. The seed will be planted. My husband is a Policeman and a preacher. I don't know when he will be home each evening. But with both of us being born again, we are planting seeds in our kids. To teach them about God and the word will never depart from them.
---Rebecca_D on 10/25/07

God bless you Jim! :) You sound like a great father and a great team all around; I'm just sorry your wife endured an abusive background--that is sooo sad!! :( But God bless you both and keep up the great work! :)
---Mary on 3/29/07

I am a stay at home dad. My wife was sexually abused as a child. This has had many consequences on her adult life. As it turns out I am a very nurturing person and my wife is not. She loves our kids. But the options where very clear from the beginning, daycare forever, or I could quit my job. I have had the opportunity to be a real spiritual leader. I am a volunteer Sunday school director and now also a volunteer math tutor at the school. God put my wife and me together and we are living for Him!
---Jim on 3/29/07

Madison, you missed to see the smiley in my post. Yes, many men are able to clean and cook and look after children but babies, are definitely better off in the care of the Mother.

I used to play with my kids and feed them and take them out. I even did the laundry and cooked and cleaned.
---Caring on 3/27/07

Caring: You are stereotyping. My husband was the better cleaner, keeper of the house than me. I have no organizational skills and could not find my way out of the laundry room when the kids were little.

My kids did not have a preference of me or Dad at home. They just cared about being fed, and having clean clothes, and being able to play with their friends.

Stereotypes are not a good thing.
---Madison1101 on 3/25/07

Ralph: yeah I agree with that. I did buy me some Chantex to help me quit smoking. God be with me, cause I'm getting grouchy.
---Rebecca_D on 3/25/07

Rebecca, I asked if you smoke because you posted the following statements:
" Parents either bless their children or they curse them. Children will do as the parents do."
Enough said.
---ralph7477 on 3/25/07

Staying home Dads are not able to maintain the house the same like Mama does. Also, little kids prefer a full time Mama than a full time Dad.

I hate to say this but a woman can look after the kids and the house more than us, sloppy men, can :))
---Caring on 3/24/07

I still smoke. What does this have to do with the question posted?
---Rebecca_D on 3/24/07

Rebecca, do you still smoke cigarettes or have you quit?
---ralph7477 on 3/24/07

My mom was a housewife, and she didn't think her daughters needed college because they would have husbands to support them. Well, my sister never married, and my husband divorced me. I am so grateful that my husband was raised by a career woman who was raised by a career woman. He believed I should have a degree and work. Now, I am single and can support myself.
---Madison1101 on 3/23/07

I did not go back to college till my second child was in preschool. I then learned I was pregnant with my third, and we worked out a schedule where either my husband or I were home with the kids.

It is more important that the parents be in agreement and comfortable with whatever they choose to do, than the roles they choose based on gender.
---Madison1101 on 3/23/07

Madison ... It is so easy to make a spurious point by selective quotes from scripture, taken out of the context either of the rest of the text or of culture and society
---alan_of_UK on 3/23/07

Parents either bless their children or they curse them. Children will do as the parents do. I am a housewife with two children. I may not work outside my home, but I do work. It is hard taking care of children and the household chores plus running errands. My husband helps, when he can. He works between 9-12 hours a day. Sometimes more. Maybe I'm old fashioned, or the way I was raised. The women stayed home to take care of the house and kids while the men go out and work.
---Rebecca_D on 3/22/07

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Donna: Are you saying that housewives or homemakers do not work? When my kids were little homemaking was a demanding job. Cleaning, cooking, laundry, taking the kids hither and yon, doctor's appointments, changing diapers, feeding the kids, more laundry, shopping for groceries. How can you say that a stay at home dad is not working. That is an insult to all of the people, male and female, who stay home to raise their kids and keep house.
---Madison1101 on 3/22/07

I don't know if it increases it any. Jesus Saves. I will say this, your relationship with God after you are saved could start on better footing, provided ofcourse, your relationship with your dad was a good one. Very important to have good parents. But who does?
---catherine on 3/22/07

Madison, then how do you explain what Paul said, "If a man does not work, he should not eat."
AND what about the folks here who protest, "That's Old Testament" "we are under a New covenant now." SO which is it? Are we under the Old or New Testament now?
---donna6598 on 3/22/07

Jack: There was a hint of sarcasm in my post about the Proverbs 31 gate sitting husband. Lighten up.
---Madison1101 on 3/21/07

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**All the while, her husband sat at the city gate.**

Please quote the exact verse in Proverbs 31 that says the husband sat at the city gate ALL the time.
---Jack on 3/21/07

Hey Madison, I'm more than willing to do my part in that Proverbs chapter. Now does anybody know a woman willing to emulate the virtuous lady described?
---ralph7477 on 3/20/07

I know I can't speak for all men, but for my husband, he feels that if he isn't making the money then he isn't doing enough for his family. To us it is the man's job to provide for the family. My husband has a huge impact on our children. They see him as a dad, a preacher, and a Policeman. A God fearing man. But it all depends on how the parents raise their children.
---Rebecca_D on 3/20/07

Donna: I will use Proverbs 31. The woman bought and sold real estate, and made cloth and sold it, she was making the money and had servant girls. All the while, her husband sat at the city gate. How is that for scriptures?
---Madison1101 on 3/20/07

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I do not believe being a stay at home dad increases a child's chances of having a relationship with God. Paul said, "If a man does not work, he does not eat." I think it's a man's place to provide for his family. Didn't God tell Adam that when God was handing out the punishments? That he would till the ground all the days of his life. Let's use scripture to back up our opinions, okay? (((huggs everyone)))
---donna6598 on 3/20/07

I think if the wife is making enough money for the household, that's wonderful! What a blessing to have your Father available 24/7 teaching you the Word of God and being the example of a godly father. It does not make him less of a man to rear his children unless he is being lazy and not a good husband.
---Yolanda on 3/20/07

I believe this is a choice between the spouses of whom works & stays home. Being the head of the house doesn't always mean financially, he can still be the head & put values into the children. If he works from home even better!
---candice on 3/20/07

Rebecca: When my husband and I were in college, there were many summers, and breaks when my husband stayed home while I went to work. We also had trade offs, where I worked evenings and he worked days, and vice versa. My husband was a great stay at home dad. Eventually, we both got careers and went out to work, but my boys were potty trained during the times when my husband was at home with them. He got tired of changing the messy diapers. Who better to train a boy to use the toilet than his Dad?
---Madison1101 on 3/20/07

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Jack: well maybe because the man is supposed to be the head of the house. There isn't nothing wrong with working from home if they can make a living doing that. I agree with the farm. My father-n-law had a huge farm, but he still worked outside the farm.
---Rebecca_D on 3/20/07

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