I’m do­ing what is best for our fam­ily

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Craig Bal­four, 44, went from work­ing 16-hour days seven days a week to be­ing a full-time stay-at-home dad. He and his wife Jenny, a nurse, live in Nowra with their two sons, Ryan, 10, and Lach­lan, 7. He says: “We owned a take­away shop when the boys were born, which kept me away from home most of the time. When our el­dest Ryan was around four, we sold it and Jenny and I de­cided I’d stay home with the boys and she’d keep her ros­ter as a nurse. I didn’t see it as an is­sue. We were a team.

So our days fol­low some­what of a rou­tine: I wake up, get the boys ready for school and drop them off. Then I come home, make the beds, put a load of wash­ing on if it’s needed, vac­uum and go out to do the shop­ping — es­sen­tially ev­ery­thing a stay-at-home mum would do. In the af­ter­noons the boys have swim­ming or ten­nis ev­ery day, which I take them to.

It was a lit­tle chal­leng­ing at first es­pe­cially see­ing as I was away from the home so much be­fore. It was a big change for all of us. I’d also get the odd com­ment in­sin­u­at­ing I’m home be­cause I’m lazy or can’t find a good job, but it doesn’t bother me be­cause I know I’m do­ing what is best for our fam­ily.

I love that I get to spend so much time with the boys. It’s a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for them to have a con­stant male role model around. Grow­ing up, I had the tra­di­tional dad who went to work and I didn’t see much of him. What I love most about our sit­u­a­tion is that our boys are learn­ing that there are no set roles for mums or dads.” Craig Bal­four at home with his sons Lach­lan, 7, and Ryan, 10.

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