'Mr. Mom' retired early to be with children, so money's tight
After her death 18 months ago, Michael initially tried to make a go of it by relying on day care to fill in the gaps so he could keep working. But the 10-hour days his children put in being ferried between home, day care, school, day care and back home took a toll. They were always tired. Their studies and behavior suffered.
At 64, Michael took an early retirement to be home with his children. His 7-year-old twin boys and 9-year-old daughter blossomed. Their grades improved. They are happier. The boys are in scouting. And his daughter is doing well.
"I don't regret it because the kids are doing so much better and, later on this year, I may be able to get a part-time job with mother's hours even though I'm a dad," Michael said of his new "Mr. Mom" role.
Visions of Barbie dolls, clothes and art supplies dance through his daughter's head. While his sons dream of superheroes, action games and Harry Potter movies.
"I would love to have the tree stuffed with gifts for them when we get up on Christmas morning," he added.
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