Stay At Home Dad - Mom Term usually not true
For years, Bob Witkowski took calls from a company office in Lewiston, working 12- and 13-hour days six and seven days a week -- even after his children were born.Then he received a wake-up call he will never forget.
He said, "I came home one day, and my oldest daughter, Samantha, saw me and said, ‘Dad, I can jump rope.’ And I had no idea she could jump rope. That's when I sort of thought, ‘Well, I'm missing this stuff. I really have to make some changes.’"Witkowski quit his job to become a freelance graphic designer and work-at-home dad. He still picks up a paycheck, but more importantly, he gets to pick up his two daughters from school every day.
He explains, "The benefit of it -- what I think the kids really enjoy -- is the time with either parent. In this case, it happens to be the dad. They seem to really respond to it."And one of the perks for Witkowski is more time with his daughters.While Witkowski walks the walk when it comes to a balance of life and work, Chip Edgar talks the talk -- literally.
Every Tuesday at 1 p.m. on WMPG radio, Edgar hosts “Home Dad.”
He started the show three years ago, when the stay-at-home father was looking for something to pass the time with his young son, Marcos. More than 160 shows later -- and the birth of another child -- it’s still going strong.
Edgar told News 8, "We talk about circumcision. We talk about breast-feeding. We talk about natural childbirth. We've done a lot of shows on that. Couple of weeks ago, we had a gentleman on whose son is fighting in Iraq.”The show is entertaining, but Edgar would be the first to admit that being a stay-at-home dad can be far from it, at times.