Reason No. 1.
When you train for the Olympics, it’s all about you.
When you’re a stay at home dad, it’s never about you.
Reason No. 2.
When you have a bad day at training you often know why. The results make sense, and your coach’s job is to get you ready for tomorrow.
When you have a bad day raising kids, you seldom know why, the results often seem to be the opposite of the input, and your partner needs support at the end of a long work-outside-the-home day, not a session listening to you whine about missing school uniforms and screen time arguments.
Reason No. 3.
When you train for the Olympics, you get up early, listen to your body, feed yourself, move through a day’s plan and a controlled environment, review your clear accomplishments, and return home to eat then sleep.
When you raise kids you get up early, listen to their screaming, improvise through a day’s rough plan and chaotic environment, then do the laundry.
Reason No. 4.
“I’m training for the Olympics” is a clear identity in a recognized currency.
“I’m raising a family” is too. In some circles. If you happen to be a man, and don’t want to live your entire social life online, those circles can remain rather mysterious.
Reason No. 5.
When you say you’re an Olympian, people think you’re amazing. A badass, a model citizen, an inspiration, worthy.
When you say you’re a stay-at-home-dad people wonder what you did wrong to lose your job and whether you ever wore the pants at all.