Why Are More Singaporean Men Choosing To Be Stay-At-Home Dads?

After teaching communications at a polytechnic for 12 years, 49-year-old Mr Kelvin Seah decided to quit last year and work from home so he could look after his two sons.

Kelvin Seah, 49, gave up his job last year to care for his sons Jaedon, 10, and Caleb, eight. His wife, Ms Lim Shaw Hui, 47, is a social worker.

His wife, a 47-year-old social worker, felt it was important for one parent to be at home all the time to supervise Jaedon, 10, and Caleb, an eight-year-old who has moderate autism and global developmental delay – which means he lags behind his peers in two or more areas of development.

Initially, Mr Seah took on a digital marketing job which allowed him to work from home. But although he was around physically, he was often too caught up in his work to give his sons the mental and emotional attention they needed.

“I want to try to be available to them,” he said. “I’m not an ambitious nor career driven person – the career is a means to an end and that is to raise my family.”

Mr Seah is one of a growing number of men choosing to become a stay-at-home dad.

He quit the job last month and does not plan to look for another soon.