It's Working Project

"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 is one piece of advice you wish you could offer your former expectant self?

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.

What was your primary motivation for deciding to return (or not) to work? How early did you tell your employer?

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.

FOR MOMS: If you breastfed, was there a place for you to pump that met your needs and was conducive to your success? If you breastfed, how did you decide to continue? FOR DADS: What, if any, adjustments did you (or your workplace) make to your schedule after having a baby? Was it specific to your manager or larger, whole work culture?

I’m a dad so I didn’t have much of a choice 🙂

Fill in the blanks: As a working parent, I never expected ____ would be so hard and ____ would be so much easier!

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