A stay-at-home Monroe County area father is setting out to find other Stay-At-Home-Dads (SAHD’s) so they can band together to build awareness, gain acceptance and have a little fun.
Kevin Larrick was more than prepared nearly six years ago for his daughter’s first play date, with her favorite wubbanub, a bottle of fresh milk in case she became fussy, and his Timbuk2 diaper bag full of the essentials. The play date, however, never happened.
“I made several attempts to try and get my foot in the door with other full-time parents,” Larrick says. “Weekly story time at the local library, trips to various outdoor parks, tumble time and even morning breakfast at numerous restaurants.”
Fast forward to today and two children later: “Sophia, 6; Sarah, 3, and Scarlett, 1 – the struggle is real,” Larrick said. “The amount of work and time entailed is crazy. You’re on your feet constantly, you know – grocery shopping, laundry, errands and running kids back and forth from school (pre-school).”
To add to the stress of raising children, he says, there’s this: Some people still aren’t comfortable with a man being the caregiver full-time. Reaching out to nearby moms isn't always an option; stay-at-home moms often feel more comfortable hanging out with other women. And some working fathers frown on other men socializing with their wives when they're away.
“Some folks out there just don’t understand,” Larrick said.
“One of the biggest obstacles of being a SAHD is making social connections. I can count on one hand the number of men doing what I do in this area and I have found it tough to find more,” said Larrick. “That is why I launched a social media site on Facebook called ‘Middle Georgia Stay At Home Dads.’ I’d like to encourage other men to visit this private group and request to join. We are in a unique position and this is a place for us to discuss all the good, bad and ugly without judgment!”
Any Monroe County stay-at-home dads looking for fellowship can email email@example.com.