Stay-at-Home Dad Friendships
However, if you are truly facing a clique where participation seems exclusive, I wonder if this clique is worth the time, energy and possible frustration of trying to join, particularly if it feels like an unfriendly environment. Being a parent—especially a stay-at-home parent—is hard enough without bringing additional stress into our friendships. I'm sure you can find activities where you feel your participation is welcome and where you and your child feel comfortable interacting, given your own comfort level in social situations.
For some dads, there are fewer opportunities for these in-person meetings. Some dads may also just be too shy to try to develop these friendships. In either case, many stay-at-home dads are turning to the Internet to connect with other stay-at-home dads online (using forums, blogs, parenting websites, etc.) or even starting their own stay-at-home dad groups.
In the end, it doesn't matter how a stay-at-home dad (or mom) is able to overcome the sense of isolation and loneliness that comes with their role as full-time parent. As long as you are able to establish connections with others, to have people to share your frustrations and to brag about your joys, it will be good for your entire family. Whether you are the mother or father, when the primary caregiver of the family feels healthier, the rest of the family often does, too.