Number of stay at home dads is on the rise

By Kevin Lewis,

The number of stay at home dads in the U.S. has been increasing in recent years.

Erica Howard-Potter makes a living as a tax attorney while her husband, Jake, stays at home and raises Skyler, their 2-year-old daughter.

Jake manages to stay in shape by participating in triathlons while also partaking in tea parties with Sklyer.

The Howard-Potters are not alone in their reversal of traditional husband/wife roles. The number of stay at home dads has tripled in the last 10 years, according ABC. However, traditional household roles are still the vast majority.

Some men decide to bypass the whole spousal relationship process altogether. B.J. Holt raises his 4-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son without a partner in his New York City apartment.

"The 'having the children thing' started to overwhelm the desire to have the relationship first," Holt said, according to NPR. "They sort of switched on me."

The rise of stay at home dads may signal a shift in the general “dead beat dad” stereotype. As Jake Howard-Potters says "I don't view any of this as a challenge, it's an opportunity."



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