I’ve discovered a new term, the “Mancession” – a reflection of how badly the recession affect employment for men. One of the more pleasant, but unforeseen result of the recession is the number of men playing the role of stay-at-home dad. Although women still earn less than men on average, Liza Mundy, author of the book, The Richer Sex claims that “almost 40 per cent of working wives out-earn their husbands” – and this number was rising.
As the main breadwinner in my family, I know that it can take a bit of a mental adjustment for men who are bring out-earned by their wives. My BF and I have already discussed that he would be the stay-at-home parent if we decide to get married and have kids. It’s a role that we would both be comfortable with, and many couples share our view. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 24% of kindergarteners were cared for primarily by their dads in 2006, up from 16% in 2005.
Below is a video on this rising trend. Please watch the video and then tell me in the comments, would your family be comfortable with this reversal of the traditional parenting roles?