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Whenever freelance photographer and stay-at-home Dad Reed Kasper is feeling wistful he does one simple thing He packs his 18-month-old twin boys Randall and Hugh into their stroller and they go for a walk in the park The park sits just past a large office development not far from their Ohio home I just need to see one ceiling strip light through a window he says or one office worker stealing a cigarette break out on the sidewalk to make me realize what a lucky life I have Then we go down to the park and run around in the fresh air And Kasper is not alone There are now an estimated two million stay-at-home Dads across America effectively reversing traditional gender roles As the number of home-based workers continues to swell many more fathers are certain to join their ranks Often the reasons for men staying home are purely economic Couples make their decisions in tandem based on a few cold practicalities But once theyve actually traded their sales meetings for playgroups Dads begin to appreciate the rewards and frustrations that come with the new position I gave up my job and decided to stay at home because my wife who is an IT specialist was making a stack more money than I was says Kasper We couldnt have survived on my salary And we figured that I could bring in some extra cash with freelancing So far though most of my energies have been devoted towards the boys In the evenings I sometimes get to do some assignments but only to help out my old employer in an emergency Im not too sad about that because Im generally as wiped as the kids come 6 pm New Yorker Bruce Little who gave up his job when he moved from Houston with his wife Rivka and their 11-month old daughter Nava echoes Reeds feelings about his new career path Littles wife took a new
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