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Seen At 11: More And More Men Are Stay At Home Dads

Lance Somerfeld and his son. (credit: CBS 2)

Lance Somerfeld and his son. (credit: CBS 2)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – With a slow job market, and the majority of layoffs involving men, a growing number of dads are trading a job at the office for one at home.

More than two million men are primary caregivers now – a substantial spike, reversing a major role between the sexes.

“My wife can thrive at work, be confident – she knows it’s me at home caring for our son,” said Lance Somerfeld. Somerfeld is raising his 4-year-old son Jake while his wife Jessica goes to work. Somerfeld started nycdadsgroup.com for other stay at home dads.

“There’s such a stereotype that being an at home dad is emasculating or not macho,” Somerfeld said. “A dad who’s active, hands-on with his child’s life is about the coolest thing out there.”

Relationship expert Dr. Jane Greer says it’s a choice more men are making these days.

“They’re saying ‘Hey, wait a minute. Who knew we were missing out on all this,” Greer said.

For more, watch Kristine Johnson’s report.

A new Acumen survey of 2,000 men by Break Media has additional insights about the changing role of men. For more on that, including highlights from their survey, click here.