Why I Like Being A Stay At Home Dad

Eric Baumann  —  November 14, 2011 — 25 Comments

 One of the things that has changed recently in my life is that I have “switched places” with my wife and now she leaves everyday for work, and I get the joy of working at home and being with our three boys during the day. At first we weren’t sure how this would work out, but I think that it has been one of the coolest things I have ever done. Not because I have the freedom to play video games all day now with my oldest, but because it has allowed me to appreciate even more what my wife does and the time I get to be “just a dad” to my boys.

A couple of months ago, my oldest son looked up at me and said, “Dad I want to be like you…I want to do what you do.”

…and I realized at that moment that I have such a short time to build into the lives of my boys. To teach them what it means to be a godly man and loving husband…what it means to be rather than do. I also realized that my kids have a lot to teach me…and that if I’m not around to listen and learn…I might miss it. Will I ever “go back to work”, leading and/or pastoring? Maybe…but the way I look at it…I kinda just started really doing just that…and I like it:)

What about you? What has recently changed in your life that has become a defining moment for you and/or your family?

 

 

Eric Baumann

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25 responses to Why I Like Being A Stay At Home Dad

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    That is awesome. I’m happy for you guys and miss you guys. Hard to believe that Eli is the oldest ha. Maybe sometime you guys can come to the church I work at and check out the service.

  2. Awesome to hear this! Becoming a parent has changed me for the better as well! New insights to God’s love through my lil girl have impacted me more than anything or anyone else.

  3. I love that you embrace your identity in Christ (and as a dad) rather than that of the world.

  4. what? Thats amazing…now I feel old…I remember you as a scrawny, but tough, teenager…we miss ya guys in youngstown…that great…how has it changed your life?

  5. Eric I’m so happy for you guys and this new step in your lives. I told Amy I was ecstatic to hear her voice on KLOVE this week. I wanted to make sure you heard the same congrats, too. I know you realize that many people probably view Amy’s step forward as a sort of “promotion,” but might not have the same opinion of your change. I think what you’re doing is awesome and, like you said, is eternally significant. Hooray for the Baumann family 😀

  6. Thanks…we are excited for this chapter in our life…who knows maybe I’ll become a pro blogger…lol…keep in touch…stay up to date on our journey …

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  7. GLAD YOU ARE MAKING OUT OK.THE KIDS GROW UP SO FAST,I WISH I HAD SPENT MORE TIME WITH OUR KIDS.ENJOY HEARING AMY IN TRHE AM.

    LOVE

    GRANDPA

  8. Thanks for posting this.
    I was a stay at home Dad for over a year and am now serving as a pastor. I love my call and the church but miss being home with the kids (we have toddler age twins). What’s ironic is my wife who is now home would love to go back to work if we could make it work financially to switch spaces.

  9. Thanks for posting this.
    I was a stay at home Dad for over a year and am now serving as a pastor. I love my call and the church but miss being home with the kids (we have toddler age twins). What’s ironic is my wife who is now home would love to go back to work if we could make it work financially to switch spaces.

  10. Thanks Grandpa…we miss ya guys…can’t wait to see ya for Christmas…if you want to get an auto-update every time I post something on this blog just click here and it will automatically be emailed to ya…make sure to check your email box and click the verification link…simple:

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