Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wikipedia: a Wealth of Information about Stay at Home Dads

It's so tough to follow all of the content that scrolls across our twitter wire.  One tweet that caught my eye a few weeks ago, was the link to Stay at Home Dad in Wikipedia (the free encyclopedia).  What a wealth of information - some interesting, some history, and some relevant as it relates to our pop culture. It may be worth investing the 15 minutes to read through it all.

Wikipedia's intro: A stay-at-home dad (alternatively, stay at home father, house dad, SAHD, househusband, or house-spouse) is a term used to describe a father who is the main caregiver of the children and is the homemaker of the household. As families have evolved, the practice of being a stay-at-home dad has become more common.

Here is the chance for all of you involved dads that follow the media closely to say, "glad they did not include Mr. Mom." or to say they should have included a term like "Modern Man", "Modern Dad", or "21st Century Pop."

To get an idea of the comprehensive Wikipedia definition of Stay at Home Dads, here are some of the things they include: Evolution of family roles, Transition to modern family (1900-present), Increase in popularity, Disadvantages (for mom, dad, and child), Advantages (for mom, dad, and child), Prevalence in other countries, and In popular culture.

Most interesting, was the spotlight on at-home daddying in our popular culture.  "Over the years increasing numbers of media have addressed this lifestyle. This is especially important in the United States, largely considered a culture driven by the media.[34] By portraying the stay-at-home dad in the media, society may be more likely to embrace these individuals and the shift in parental roles."  Wikipedia only mentions three movies- hmmm, wonder what they could be? The first two are no surprise - 1. Mr. Mom , 2. Daddy Daycare.......3. Mighty Ducks?  I expect you would have come up with something more original.

The site briefly touches upon books (nice to see Jeremy Smith's, The Daddy Shift & Kyle Puett's, Fatherneed get a mention), novels, songs, and TV.  In the near future, I would not be surprised if Wikipedia includes resources like Daddyshome, Inc., the gentleman that sponsor the annual at-home dad convention, or a listing of popular blog sites.

What else should they include?


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