Saturday, August 13, 2005

Career Change: Becoming a Stay-at-Home Dad

Tom Golata, after being laid off from his customer service and support roles in high tech, made the career change to stay-at-home dad, while his wife began work as a consultant (read full story). While not an easy transition, he's thriving in this career change, getting to spend time with his children and starting a photography business as well.

Becoming a stay-at-home dad can be a great option for the family, especially when your career leaves you. Would this work for you? Here are a few things to consider before choosing this option:
  • How much of your self-esteem is tied up in being in the traditional bread winner role?
  • Do you have a hobby or a business idea that can be turned into a part-time business to provide the fulfillment of working? While being a stay-at-home Dad is a full-time job, just as being a stay-at-home Mom is, the most often asked question in America is, "So what do you do?" If answering, "I'm a stay-at-home Dad" is too much a blow to your self esteem, having a part-time business can help.
  • Is your spouse willing and comfortable with role reversal? How much of her self esteem is tied up in being the primary caregiver for the children?
  • As the children grow up and become increasingly independent, what would you like to be prepared to do career-wise?

Jim Hughes is a Christian life coach helping people make successful career changes. To learn more about coaching or to contact Jim directly, visit Mapmaker Coaching.