Bob Alsfasser used to drive a semi, sometimes not seeing his family in
South Bend for weeks.
Ramiro Rodriguez used to work long hours at the Walgreens in Niles in
his role as assistant manager.
These days, both men no longer have to worry about being away from
That's because they are something that's more common in America --
According to the U.S. Census Bureau America's Families and Living
Arrangements report in 2010, there were 154,000 stay-at-home dads in
the U.S. caring for nearly 290,000 children.
For Alsfasser, the decision five years ago to be a stay-at-home dad was easy.
"I want to be the role model," said Alsfasser, who along with his
wife, Jenny, has two sons, Carter, age 5, and Peyton, 2. "And I think
if the kids were always at a baby sitter's or a day care center, they
would not have the role model like with me. And they just wouldn't be
taught the right disciplines."
That's just a couple of the reasons Alsfasser opted to be the parent
who stayed home.