I'm working with the government ministries as well as local education magazines in terms of educating the community on parental engagement, striking down the taboo of stay at home dads and getting more father involvement in child raising.

What was your primary motivation for returning to work or changing your work situation after starting a family?

No

Tell us about your planning for your new child - timed around your career? Not at all? Share the skinny!  

I'm an Arab Stay at Home Father. I'm based in Dubai and I'm married to an American. We have a 6 year old and a 2 year old. I had planned to go back to work. But after having our oldest, having a nanny (which is normal here) seemed like the worst thing we could do.

What was your biggest challenge to going back to work after starting a family?

Losing the bond with my daughters

Have you, or a partner, paid it forward as a parent in the workplace? Tell us a bit more.

I'm working with the government ministries as well as local education magazines in terms of educating the community on parental engagement, striking down the taboo of stay at home dads and getting more father involvement in child raisin.

What, if any, advice would you give to employers to ease strain around family leave and returning to the workplace?

Flexibility Flexibility Flexibility

What factors contributed to your chosen feeding method for your baby?

I'm a dad so I didn't have much of a choice :)

A good day is when:

My family is happy

What I wish I had known:

How much criticism I would have for the choices we made as parents.

One mistake I learned the hard way:

Telling people I had a job and didn't. Getting over humiliation that wasn't warranted.

Best piece of advice for other parents starting a family and deciding on how to balance family life and work?

It all seems to work out. The best plans often times don't happen. Take it a step at a time. Oh, and start buying diapers every week from the time you find out your pregnant. REALLY helps with the cost - hahaha.

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