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06/18/03 - East Texas

Stay-At-Home Parenting On the Rise

On any given day, Larry Childress is juggling kids, house cleaning and volunteer work at Pollard United Methodist Church in Tyler.

While he suspects more men like him in East Texas, Childress has yet to find another stay-at-home dad. But statistics show he's part of a growing trend.

Stay-at-home dads cared for 189,000 children in 2002, up 18 percent from a decade ago. Childress says leaving a full-time job did little to sour his family finances ... in fact it helped. “When I was working, all the money we made was piling into daycare,” he recalls. "We figured I could stay home, take care of the kids, and do things around the house."

Childress says his wife enjoys working and earns enough to keep the family afloat. Meanwhile, both parents feel lucky enough to raise their sons at home. “You're not relying on a stranger to raise your child,” says Childress. “You're able to give your child what he needs --one on one care.”

And it appears more moms are trading the career for a chance to go back home. The number of stay-at-home moms increased by one million over the last decade.

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