RVA Parenting: Challenges and rewards of a stay-at-home dad

RVA Parenting: Challenges and rewards of a stay-at-home dad

Does a stay-at-home dad make sense for your family, and what are the challenges of being one?

I talked to Alex Scott, a stay-at-home dad to two under two. He's also a comedian, who goes by the name The Comedy Dad.

He says he's constantly explaining his family role at "Mommy and me" groups.

"You know, I go to the library for book reading times [and] I think they're kind of surprised when they see me," said Scott. "They're like, 'Oh, is this your day off?' And I'm like, 'No, this is my day working. This is my day job!'"

But, he says you should know that being a stay-at-home dad isn't what it used to be.

"I didn't know that the stay-at-home dad population was such a big thing," said Scott. "They have stay-at-home dad conventions now. I have a lot of Twitter friends that are stay-at-home dads now, and people are making money being stay-at-home dads. I have a blog and every day I keep a diary of what's going on and now people are wanting to sponsor my blog!"

He communicates with several other dads on Facebook groups and blogs. He says companies have even approached him to sponsor his blog. We asked him what advice he had for deciding if this could work for your family.

"Nowadays with the economy, you have to find which person's career is going to make the most money and which one makes the most sense for you to stay home," said Scott. "Nowadays, it's making it easier because maybe one parent wants to go to college. You can go to college online now. "

If you want to hear more of what Alex Scott had to say, watch the full interview. And here's a link to his blog about being a stay-at-home dad.