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Title: How many here?
Post by: AtHomeDaddy on March 20, 2008, 01:51:17 PM
I am just curious about how many SAHDs (Stay at Home Dads, Full Time Fathers, you wife's maid, whatever you call yourself...)there are on this site.  I don't post up very often but I hang around once in a while. 

I am gearing up for the summer, after having my oldest in Kindergarten this year and in need of some new activities to add to the bag of tricks.  I am already out of practice, keeping both kids entertained all day long.
Title: Re: How many here?
Post by: bradt32225 on March 20, 2008, 02:24:41 PM
If you can afford it and have one around try a zoo. Swimming is always fun.
Title: Re: How many here?
Post by: Bill on March 20, 2008, 03:29:51 PM
I'm basically a SAHD as I watch them during the day and when I'm not laid off I work all night. We have alot of different splash pads around here that are free.  I've also found a combination of things works.  Balls of different shapes and sizes, soccer ball, a few soft balls (not like baseball soft balls) a kite and bubbles with different sized bubble wands.  A day of exhaustion.
Title: Re: How many here?
Post by: bradt32225 on March 20, 2008, 03:41:32 PM
A park with a picnic with your kids favorite food and like Bill said a kite and bubbles and playing would tire any kid out.
Title: Re: How many here?
Post by: Keith on March 20, 2008, 08:33:40 PM
Also..   Try geocaching..    I'm getting ready to get my boys and I into it.   Already have a couple picked out to do..       If your not too familiar with geocaching.   Do a search for it on here.
Title: Re: How many here?
Post by: Frobozz on March 20, 2008, 09:47:35 PM
I'm a SAHD/Work at home dad.   

Just give the kids some narcotic decongestants and sit them in front of the tv  (kidding, after the decongestants, they'll be too tired for tv)

All of the other guys had great suggestions.  We also visit community pools and parks.  Hit parks in different neighborhoods.  All the equipment is relatively the same, but the different arrangements and colors keeps the kids interested.  Don't forget how entertaining a bucket, shovel and dirt/sand can be.   
Title: Re: How many here?
Post by: Jim on March 20, 2008, 10:01:29 PM
Since moving and not having a job yet, I have become a temp SAHD. I'm just thankful that the library is close and my little girl LOVES to read.
Title: Re: How many here?
Post by: AtHomeDaddy on March 20, 2008, 11:16:59 PM
Geocaching.  That is a hell of a great idea.  My 6yr old would be thrilled with that.

Parks are awesome here in Austin.  Not only that, I worked for the park system before becoming a SAHD.  You guys are all right on track, thanks
Title: Re: How many here?
Post by: BigLuv on March 25, 2008, 09:45:37 PM
SAHD here also I got my oldest involved in baseball so we now visit the ballpark alot not only for prac and games but to goof round hitting and throwing we love to bike trails and purchasing a pull behind cart for my youngest to join.  Logan is getting good on the trails.. hiking  ZOO is an awesome idea we all love it.. a trip to a movie once in awhile is allways nice. there is a bug hunt at our local nature center my son loves that and it is very educational and quite for for me too we won rarest bug once and we caught a fly so we won the hardest catch
Title: Re: How many here?
Post by: Engine on April 21, 2008, 12:24:37 PM
Candy+playground/treadmill=2 hour nap  :no_teeth:
Title: Re: How many here?
Post by: PFof2 on April 21, 2008, 01:17:40 PM
I guess I am a SAHD as I don't work and I pretty much take care of 2 kids.. because one is a newborn its hard to keep both kids entertained together so my suggestions are oing to be based on my 3 yearolds point of view. Inside: he loves the website www.starfall.com it helps him with letters and reading and stuff. we color, play with blocks etc. now since summer is comming up I agree with what these guys have said. Outside: shovel, bucket, dirt rocks and sand= happy kid. Soft rubber balls kite and bubbles+park= happy kid, As a family we love to go to our local park for a picnic, sometimes we bring a soccerball or kick ball and make a day of it.. they have great walking trails as well. Zoo is a great idea but can be costly if none local. Go to your nearest pond/lake for a quick swim(or if your wife is terrified of all the stuff living in them like mine is try a well chlorinated public swimming pool). If you have a state park nearby maybe a nature hike/scavanger hunt. make a list and try to find em all.
Title: Re: How many here?
Post by: Bill on April 21, 2008, 03:10:57 PM
If you have plans to get a sandbox I would suggest a sandbox with a lid, I've seen more than one sandbox turn into a small woodland creature litter box.... :sick:
Title: Re: How many here?
Post by: OpenPix on May 01, 2008, 09:30:48 PM
Signing in.
Title: Re: How many here?
Post by: thndrlight on May 02, 2008, 06:45:52 PM
I am too, and I love it. I really need to become more involved in this forum as it can be a great asset.  I love taking the kids, 4, 3 months to the park and let the older one go wild. 

Something that sounds silly and easy, for a rainy day, I dump a bunch of shaving cream on the glass table and let the kid go wild. It really cleans the glass well too.
Title: Re: How many here?
Post by: Drizzt519 on March 02, 2009, 07:37:36 PM
Im a sahd.  Been one for about a year and a half.  The boy keeps me occupied for the most part during the day.  Im thinking about doing some online schooling. 

It can get boring at times.  Im constantly looking for things to keep me occupied when the boy isnt interested in playing with me or he's asleep.  My daughters at school all day and more interested in playing with her friends than hangin' out with her dad when she is home.

Things pick up during summer time though.  My daughter plays softball and soccer.  And my old mom has a pool/spa so we spend a lot of time swimming over there during the summer.
Title: Re: How many here?
Post by: jbruce7 on May 04, 2009, 04:47:47 PM
Both my wife and I are self employed and work several businesses from home. I don't know if this really qualifies me as an SAHD.

I am blessed with the freedom and flexibility of picking up my 4 year old daughter from preschool whenever I want. I like to take her either to the park, the mall or to a movie, etc. 

Great bonding time for daddy and daughter!

I thank god everyday that I'm able to do this.

Thanks for letting me share.

 B)

Title: Re: How many here?
Post by: Pat on May 04, 2009, 05:00:40 PM
Not sure how I missed this but I've been a SAHD for two years now. I just recently put a meet up group together for our local community. Planning on doing a first meeting here in a few weeks. Hoping the exposure to other children and vise versa will help in Emily's development, which at this point is way behind where it should be. Lately we've been going to story time at the local library (not local if you ask me...19 miles away) and she's been interacting pretty good with the other children. I also got her into speech therapy but that isn't going as well as we'd hoped. Been doing it a month or so now and still hasn't warmed up to Kim, her therapist.
Title: Re: How many here?
Post by: AtHomeDaddy on May 08, 2009, 08:44:58 AM
So we finally jumped into geocaching.  The kids are having a blast with it and I can't wait until school is out, so we can make some good 'cache trips.  For now we are just hanging out in the parks close to the house.
Title: Re: How many here?
Post by: Keith on May 08, 2009, 08:56:04 AM
So we finally jumped into geocaching.  The kids are having a blast with it and I can't wait until school is out, so we can make some good 'cache trips.  For now we are just hanging out in the parks close to the house.


I know that you and your kids will enjoy it.  We do, it's really fun watching the kids look for the caches.    Here is a link to the topic here where we talk about it.

http://www.daddyplace.com/index.php/topic,213.0.html (http://www.daddyplace.com/index.php/topic,213.0.html)
Title: Re: How many here?
Post by: JacksDaddy on June 19, 2009, 02:06:54 PM
I've only been a SAHD for about 2 months now to my 6 month old.  Other than reading, feeding and tummy time, I am not sure what else to do.  He's getting the crawling/scooting thing down, or at least working on it and seems to be pretty entertained by that for a while.  Either way, I know my wife wants to be home and live in AZ to be closer to family so I am applying to jobs left and right there.  Hopefully it works out.
Title: Re: How many here?
Post by: Garathan on June 19, 2009, 05:11:50 PM
I have become a SAHD over the summer. Took the summer off to spend time with them before they get to old to want to hang out with their dad. We spend alot of time at the pool or just playing games with them.
Title: Re: How many here?
Post by: dewman28 on December 03, 2009, 09:39:15 PM
SAHD for 7 years, have 2 girls ages 9 and 2 I was bouncing on the weekends
Title: Re: How many here?
Post by: franklin on April 03, 2011, 04:29:01 PM
I'm not a stay at home dad but my cousin is.  He has one son and I have told him about this site hoping he will log on.  He is a good dad just kinda lazy when it comes to getting a keeping a job.  Not saying that is your ish just his.  Reading things on this site makes me rethink my views about him staying home.
Title: Re: How many here?
Post by: AtHomeDaddy on July 20, 2011, 02:42:12 AM
I am no longer a full-time stay at homer. Last year I started teaching Middle School.  I am enjoying my summer home with the kids though.
Title: Re: How many here?
Post by: bobnoakridge on March 21, 2012, 08:34:47 AM
For the first 7 years of my son's life I worked overnights.So in a way I was a SAHD.I was with him all day while my wife was at work.The last 3 years I am a true SAHD.I am now disabled home with him whenever he is.Next year we are considering starting home schooling him.If anyone here is homeschooling in TN feel free to email me.Any info you might have would be greatly appreciated.
Title: Re: How many here?
Post by: Keith on March 21, 2012, 08:57:06 PM
For the first 7 years of my son's life I worked overnights.So in a way I was a SAHD.I was with him all day while my wife was at work.The last 3 years I am a true SAHD.I am now disabled home with him whenever he is.Next year we are considering starting home schooling him.If anyone here is homeschooling in TN feel free to email me.Any info you might have would be greatly appreciated.


Hey Robert.  First off, welcome to the site.   Sorry it took me so long to reply.   I think the information you need is at this link.  Try it out and tell me if that helps you.   

http://www.tn.gov/education/homeschool/ (http://www.tn.gov/education/homeschool/)
Title: Re: How many here?
Post by: bobnoakridge on March 22, 2012, 12:12:56 PM
Thanks for the welcome.I have been to that site as well as Tennessee Virtual Academy.I was just looking for some firsthand knowledge from someone already homeschooling.
Title: Re: How many here?
Post by: Keith on March 22, 2012, 03:32:43 PM
Oh..  Sorry Robert.    I don't know of anyone right off hand.   Maybe you could start your own thread (new post) about it in the family section.   You could post about what you do know about it and any links that you are already aware of.   It might draw other dads here that already home school.