Breaking the Stigma of the Stay-At-Home Dad

Kevin Lamm used to have a busy career as a veterinary technician, but when his son Landon was born, he chose to become a stay-at-home dad. This nontraditional role is quite the challenge, but has made a remarkable difference for Kevin and his wife, Dr. Shannon Connole, an obstetrician/gynecologist with ProMedica Physicians.

“I don’t know that I can truly express how fortunate we are for him to be able to stay at home,” said Dr. Connole. “When I’m on call or in the operating room throughout the day I don’t have to worry if I’m missing a call from the babysitter or if something’s going to happen.”

Although he often misses adult interaction and may sometimes be the butt of jokes, Lamm says that he’s learned not to compete or value himself based on someone else’s beliefs. And he’s happy with the way he and his wife work together as a team.

Yet, there are challenges for the stay-at-home dad. “It’s way harder than any job I’ve ever had,” said Lamm. “It’s also the most rewarding.”

Watch ProMedica HealthConnect correspondent Chrys Peterson talk with this husband/wife team in the video below.