While we were away on vacation I had a nice long chat with my brother-in-law, about staying at home. He has been home with the kids for a few years, on and off (he and my sister swap every couple of years). I was surprised to hear that the hardest thing for him is that there is a real stigma attached to a man staying at home. Apparently it can be perceived that they are free loading off the working woman- as his own brother stated to him once. He also mentioned how hard it is to meet other Stay at home Dads, or Moms who feel comfortable hanging out together.
Talking a little more, I realized that I too have stayed away from the stay at home dad (SAHD). While going to places where I have met other mom's, like at the library for story hour, I have never introduced myself to the Dads. I even have a friend who's entertaining and interesting husband stays home, and I have never gone out of my way to make a play date with them.
So if anyone has answers or thoughts to this puzzle, please let me know! In the meantime, I am challenging myself to getting to know at least one stay at home dad in the area.
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