Coral Springs, FL, June 02, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- That dad working from a home office used to be a quirky cultural anomaly. No longer. Once chided as “Mr. Mom” or “Soccer Dad,” today’s home office dad proudly has driven the family minivan or SUV right into mainstream America. He’s contributing to parenting and providing a more balanced workplace and community.
And finally, he’s getting his due. This year, June 13 is National Work @ Home Father’s Day. Held each year on the Friday before Father’s Day, it is one day set aside to honor and celebrate those fathers who have elected to work or remain at home – either as home-based entrepreneurs, teleworkers, or full-time caregivers – as a means to improve family interaction, professional satisfaction, and balance between the two.
Now in its third year, the event features the contest, “Why I Work at Home: A Dad’s View.” To enter, work-at-home dads must submit a 250-word essay on how working from home has improved the balance between their family and professional lives. The prize package includes various products ideal for the home office.
Some 23 million men work from home in some capacity, notes research firm IDC. Seven million run home businesses, while another five million telework at least three or more days each month. Eleven million work from home after hours, the firm reports. One statistic notes that roughly 45% of all at-home workers have at least one child under 18 in the home. For these millions of work-at-home dads and their families, Work @ Home Father’s Day validates a truth they already know: this work style is no longer a novelty, but a rewarding – and very mainstream – experience.
“Work-at-home fatherhood is hitting its stride in America,” said Jeff Zbar, a married work-at-home consultant, copywriter, columnist and married father of three grade-school children – and creator of the event and essay contest and the Website www.ChiefHomeOfficer.com. “Families, clients and peers embrace today’s dad who chooses to work from home. This only helps dad feel that much more secure and happy in his place in the home office and his family’s lives.”
To enter “Why I Work @ Home: A Father’s View,” entrants must be fathers with at least one in-home, minor child, and must work or telework from a home office at least one day each week. The essay can be no more than 250 words in length. Email entries with the subject line Work @ Home Father’s Day Essay Contest to DadWorksHere@gmail.com. Entries must be received no later than 5 p.m. (Eastern time) on Thursday, June 12, 2008. For complete rules, visit http://tinyurl.com/3mscel.