Diary of a Stay at Home Dad: What’s in a name?

Apparently I’ve been doing it wrong.  For a while.  Most of the time it’s on purpose.  But sometimes I just didn’t realize there was a different way, a better way.

It seems the titles of my posts are too long according to some.  Spelling out Stay at Home Dad is long form and not internet friendly.  Turns out Stay at Home Dads have an acronym.  Well color me surprised.

All this time I had no idea I belong to Stay At Home Dads.  Or SAHDs.  

Huh, who knew?  I think this is my first acronym.  Well other than WOP, which didn’t start out as a derogatory term for Italians, but an acronym indicating an immigrant had arrived on America’s shores With Out Papers.  Just so happens that Italians, by percentage, arrived With Out Papers more than any other immigrant group during the big wave of immigration in the late 1800s early 1900s.

We have our own shirts and everything!

We have our own shirts and everything!

Anyway I’m a SAHD.  I’m assuming the H is silent which would make us all SAD, although I’m not. To tell you the truth, go to any SAHD web site and they are generally sad or mad about something.  It could be some ill treatment they feel they’ve received from a women comedienne or they might be railing and wailing because they have been grievously wronged by a diaper commercial.  I had just such an experience not that long ago.  Wrote about it here: I’ll be takin these Huggies

But what do y’all think?  Is the H silent?  Comment below, you know the drill.

I’m not even sure how to pronounce it if the H isn’t silent.  No matter, I don’t think I’ll be saying it very much.  But I will be using it in the title of the posts from now on.  Because the one overriding characteristic of my life is that I’m lazy.  The only reason I “work smarter” is because the “not harder” portion is thrown in.

Not sure if there is an initiation or a pledge week, or some other high-jinx, you know fraternity style.  Is there a secret handshake, a high sign,  gang symbol?  I really need to do some research. Although not sure when I can do that since I’m SAHD’n all the time.

So yeah, SAHD.  I guess I’ll learn to like it.

10 comments on “Diary of a Stay at Home Dad: What’s in a name?

  1. JETSR says:

    Your humor is evident as is your deep thought….I like it and look forward to you being SAHD!

  2. Shirley says:

    I’m looking forward to being A SAHM in 3 years 7 months and 18 days. Not that I’m counting or anything.

  3. Odd Dad says:

    I don’t like the acronym SAHD. The implied silence of the H was the butt of a joke by Stephen Colbert once. I prefer FTF–Full Time Father. Usually when someone asks me what I do for a living I say that I stay home with the kids. That seems to be descriptive enough.

    • fmlinardo says:

      FTF is really not the same as a stay at home dad. We had my son while I was still in the military. I was a full time father then as I am now. The difference now being I’m retired and I stay at home.

      I’ll have to find the Colbert bit on you tube. Personally the whole thing is a joke to me. I mean if there was a free t-shirt for joining I might be inclined to change my mind.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I say I am a trophy husband

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