Tuesday, September 12, 2006

What exactly is a SAH parent?

Today I was reading an article in the Wall Street Journal about fashion bloggers who are being invited to the Fashion Week shows in NYC. One of the gentleman they were quoting was labeled as a Stay-At-Home-Dad (SAHD), which was fine... one can certainly run a household and a blog at the same time. In the next paragraph the gentleman went on to say that he knew his blog was successful because he was able to hire a nanny from his earnings on the blog.

Hold on... He hired a nanny? Uhm, does Elliott qualify as a SAHD now too? He works from home and has a nanny for his kids (me!) I think I may need to write to the WSJ and ask exactly what this gentleman does with his kids that qualifies him to be a SAHD.

Don't get me wrong, I am all for the SAH-parent being able to hire a little extra help... I have had a cleaning service in the past, and am seriously considering hiring another one to come twice a month now that the baby is about to come. But a nanny? Does the nanny run the kids to their sports/lessons/appointments? Does the nanny do the laundry? Does the nanny do the cooking/bathing/straightening up/ etc... for the kids? The families I knew that had nannies (yes, I knew several) utilized their nannies for all these things... I am really curious as to what now qualifies this dad as a SAHD...

3 comments:

Pa said...

Lauren was a SAHM, and we had a nanny. Lauren tended to the kids in all things, and Mandy, our nanny helped Lauren as she required, whether it was cooking, going to the store while Lauren stayed with the kids or what not. She was a blessing at a time that we had many small children and an extra set of hands, and heart, were helpful. Who knows, maybe he needed help doing the laundry, or ... Interesting acronym. Miss you guys.

Judy said...

Lame. I read an article a few months ago where a woman claimed to be a full-time mom even though she had a full time job. umm... no. When will people accept that thet really can't "have it all"?

HLH said...

I totally see your point. Technically he is a father and he does stay home. So, he is a SAHD. Now, the cloquial (sp?) definition is that a SAHP rears their own children, from the home. Which to some degree this man probably does, I mean the nanny doesn't live there does she? But we tend to identify that moniquer with someone whose full time job is a parent, and they do that from hom. Maybe those of us who do rear our children full time from home should come up with anther word for it, to distinguish the work we do from the work this man does...??? but what would it be?