My husband is a Stay At Home Dad and I’m Happy About It!

My husband is a stay home dad and I’m happy about it!

 

 

And then I get this puzzled look from people!

…and that’s because they don’t know  the non-monetary benefits of having a stay at home dad!

 

 

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It was in March 2007, when our third child Treigv was barely 2 years old, when both Jorge and I decided that he should stay home. It was a hard decision specially for him not to work and not contribute financially to the household. But with my pay as a nurse, it was a practical choice that I work.

 

One Christmas morning and everyone is excited to open their presents.

 

As I have mentioned before, we are originally from the Philippines and we moved to Baltimore Maryland in 2004 since I got a job at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore as a Registered Nurse. The hospital sponsored our entire family’s immigrant visa. I was under a contract to work for them for three years before I was free to work for another hospital.

 

Our early days in Baltimore.

Treigv at about 2 years old and Dad in a water park in Ocean City, Maryland.

 

While we were in the Philippines, my husband was the breadwinner and he had a great job with great benefits and a very good pay. But I had the American Dream and so we relocated to USA, him knowing that at some point, he would have to not work and take care of the family at home.

 

Tyge at 6 years old learning to ride the bicycle with training wheels still.

Tyreen at 3 years old.

Moving forward to 2017, my husband Jorge is still a stay home dad and I have never been happier! I am writing this to give tribute to him and to all other stay home dads who chose to not work, and stayed home to take care of their wife, children and everything else at home.

 

I always wanted kids and Jorge always wanted kids. We understood what it takes to have children and the sacrifices having children entails. We decided to embrace the wholeness of having a family with four kids and it was very hard!

 

The Baltimore years of our life as a family was the “dark ages” for both of us. I am a very practical person, Jorge is a very emotional person and I can honestly say that it is his great love for me and for the children and his undying commitment to our marriage, that we are still whole as a family and happy.

 

 

Today, after being married for 17 years, we can proudly say that we are going to grow old together, wrinkled and happy!

 

Let me tell you the benefits of dad staying home 24/7

 

He takes care of the household. I work 4 8-hour night shifts a week, 11 pm to 7:30 am and I usually don’t get home until 8 am. Jorge is home at night with the kids, he makes meals breakfast, lunch,dinner. Jorge drops off the kids to school starting with our high school Tyge at 7:05 am, 2  junior high Tyreen and Treigv at 7:30 am and our first grader Troy at 8:10 am and he picks them up from school in the afternoon. I can focus at work knowing that the kids are safe and fed and won’t be late for school.

 

One of Dad’s delicious recipes.

I love it when he makes my favorite, his own version of the Elvis sandwich..

 

He is always available for me and for the kids. When I come home from work, he is home with me and we never really have a problem spending time together. We are always together and we love it. I like spending time with my husband and he likes spending time with me. When the kids are in school,we could just lounge in front of the TV all day, or we split chores and clean the house together.

 

Sometimes, I would work on my blog upstairs and he does his own thing downstairs. We go out to breakfast or lunch when we feel like it or we just stay home. On my days off, we go out on late night dates and not worry about our schedule. And if school calls for anything regarding the kids, Jorge is always there for the children to pick them up or with me on my waking hours.

 

Dad with Troy at a Kindergarten Field Trip.

Dad was giving Treigv a haircut at home.

 

 

He is with the kids in their growing years. I sometimes envy Jorge’s time with the children. I feel a slight pinch of jealousy when the kids are sick and they go to him for comfort instead of me. Or when Troy chooses to snuggle close to him at night instead of close to me. Being home gave him the opportunity to see the children’s first step they took, hear the first word they said which was obviously “dada”.

 

He had time to teach them how to ride the bike, how to read and color and draw. His presence at home and his constant involvement in their daily lives has molded these kids into what they are now and will continue to mold them into what they are going to be as adults.

 

Dad holding Troy on the day he was born

Tyreen’s 4th Birthday.

 

 

We can vacation anytime. I only work 4 days a week, and my weekend off is 4 days in a row every 2 weeks. With Jorge at home, we can just take off to a weekend getaway or vacation during summer break or we can do an impromptu day trip to wherever we like without worrying about his schedule. We love to travel and explore places and we want for the children to develop the love for traveling. We want to fill our memory banks with experiences so we  can all look back to the times when we did stuff together as a family.

 

All of us in Chocolate Hills, Bohol, Philippines.

Us in Universal Studios Orlando,Florida.

During our vacation in Mexico.

Tyge and Dad in one of the Carnival Cruise’s Dinners.

 

Since I work nights and Jorge is home, we also can go to church every Saturday as a family. It is very important for us to teach our kids about God, and church and religion because we believe it is our ultimate duty as parents to bring our children to God. Our children may choose a different path when they become adults, but as kids, we take them to church and introduce them to our faith.

 

We lessened our family stress level. With this set up, we have less stress on our family life, family schedule and on our marriage. We don’t have to juggle two jobs and two parent schedules. Jorge can focus on our children and family while I focus on my job and family’s well being as well. In this fast paced world of USA, we have a very laid back lifestyle.

 

We don’t have to rush to meet schedules. I only work eight hours and when I go home, my job and the stress from my job stays at my work place. I do have to work some extra shifts or extended hours if I choose to and if the need arises. But most often, I am at home at day time, and at work four times a week at night.

 

 

Jorge and me are focused on our number one priority, and that is to have a happy and peaceful  family living. We are very blessed and very fortunate to have one income and be able to meet our family’s financial needs. We don’t own fancy and expensive things, we don’t throw elaborate birthday parties. We always tell our children we only have enough to meet our needs and to travel too and to help some family at home in the Philippines when needed.

 

Dad with Treigv and Troy in one of their afternoon bicycle rides.

 

At some point, when the kids are older and more independent, Jorge will have to go out and expand his horizons professionally. I have no doubt he will find his own place in the workforce with his education and skills. But for now, our children need him at home and I need him to be home.

 

And there is no amount of money in the world can ever replace the balance we have at home, the peace and happiness we enjoy, with our four beautiful children…Unless of course we win the lottery! And then we can just both stay home and enjoy our family!

 

and that is my man!!!

 

So to all the dads out there who found the value of staying home to take care of your family, know that us moms are proud of you and that we value the sacrifice you are making for your children and for your wife. And even if we moms are the ones bringing home the money, we can’t do this without your sacrifice, love and support. And remember that this will not last forever, and these children will grow up and be independent, and you can then go back into the world and find your place.

 

Thank you daddy Jorge! You are the greatest!

 




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9 Comments

  • Susan August 10, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    Awesome story Lilibeth. Love your blog! I’m so happy for you. Susan

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    • Lilibeth August 13, 2017 at 7:46 am

      Thank you Susan for taking the time to read.Our story wasn’t easy at the beginning but we made it to this point and we just kept on counting our blessings. Our story still has a long way to go but with God’s guidance and our love and commitment to each other and to our children,hopefully we will make it through beyond gray hairs and wrinkles and dementia too. May God continue to bless you and your family as well with good health and happiness.🙏❤️

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  • Alexandra August 12, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    So thoughtful! Loved this blog and all the family pictures! I feel like I know you all already! LOL God bless your beautiful family!

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    • Lilibeth August 13, 2017 at 7:34 am

      Thank you Alexandra.I am happy to know that I am successful in getting my point across to my readers, which is to let you all know me and my family. My family has been so blessed with good health and peace and has a lot of love ❤️ for each other. I am hoping this blog and with God’s help we will touch people’s lives by showing them our simple life and the priceless blessings we enjoy.Have a wonderful day and may God bless you in your endeavors.

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  • Barbara August 13, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Great for you! If it works for your family then that is all that matters! Great blog!

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    • Lilibeth August 13, 2017 at 11:50 pm

      Thank you Barbara. Yes it is so wonderful having Jorge at home and not worry about the children because I know they are taken care of. Money wise, we are blessed that I have a great paying job that is able to sustain our needs with an awesome schedule that allowed us to do a bit of traveling as a family.Thank you again for taking the time to read. May God bless you and your family and your endeavors.

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  • Corinna Aquino August 14, 2017 at 11:00 am

    I think it’s great that your husband is a stay at home dad. There are so many families where the children have little to no relationship with the father because if long work days so I’m happy to see that your husband has built great relationships with each of your children.

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    • Lilibeth August 15, 2017 at 2:17 am

      Indeed Corinna. Its wonderful to see Jorge being so involved in his children’s lives. The children may not see that now ( because all they see is a father that meddles at this point of their young lives), but when they become adults, I am sure they will cherish the fact that their dad was there for them every single day.Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Have a wonderful day and may God continue to bless your family as well.

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  • Amanda August 16, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Love this 🙂 My husband was also a stay at home dad and I loved it so much! I never had to worry about who was watching my children…it was their Daddy. The only other person who could ever love them as much as I do. He was there to take care of them when they were sick, so I didn’t have to miss work. He was there to take them places and have new experiences with them. He was the one teaching them how to become little gentlemen. I know that there was a lot of resentment from me, as I wanted to be that stay at home parent, but I still love that he was able to do this for our family! He has since gone back to work and we put our boys in daycare last year for the first time…it stunk, but we were lucky to have found someone similar to us. I still wish one of us could be home for them, and maybe next year it can be me…we’re still trying to work on that 🙂 God Bless!

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    • Lilibeth August 17, 2017 at 10:33 am

      Thank you Amanda. I am happy your husband had the chance to stay home, raise the kids, did daddy activities with the children.I think it is a privilege for a dad to be able to do that considering that most dads work and some do not really have the time or energy to do daddy stuff with their kids after a day’s work. But now that he is working again, and in the near future when your blog business is profitable enough, then its going to be your turn to stay home and spend more time with the children.Good luck to your endeavor and may God continue to bless you and your family with health, love and peace.

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