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Any stay-at-home-dads out there?

Postby keelagi » Tue, 19 Apr 2011 2:02 pm

Hi All,

My wife and I moved to Singapore from Australia a few weeks ago with our 9 month old son.

She is now working and I'm taking some time off to spend with him as he's so young.

Don't suppose there are any other dads in a similar situation who would like to meet for playdates? He would enjoy spending time with some other babies.

Of course, I'll gladly come along to any mum's groups if you don't mind having me there...

Anyway, get in touch if you're interested, we are at Novena but happy to travel.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 19 Apr 2011 2:09 pm

durain, one of our regulars here is just such a guy! :cool:

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Postby keelagi » Tue, 19 Apr 2011 2:33 pm

thanks for a quick response.

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Postby beppi » Wed, 20 Apr 2011 10:39 am

I was a stay-at-home father for my daughter's first year - more out of necessity than choice, since as a freelancer I had no projects during the economic crisis.
Apart from a lack of intellectual stimulation, I attended several (mostly Expat) mum's groups and invariably was the only guy there (above two years old, that is). Having little to add to conversations about hair styles, maids and condo search, I focussed on the little fellows.
Our daughter also attended a rock concert at two weeks old, visited Orchard Road soon after, Bukit Timah hill at two months and travelled overseas at four months, all carried on my belly.
Another (Singaporean) stay-at-home father I know constantly stayed at home, but I would have been bored out of my senses that way!

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Postby keelagi » Wed, 20 Apr 2011 5:55 pm

Some good suggestions thanks Beppi! Your daughter might decide to seek revenge by playing her music at full volume in the years to come.... :)

It's a challenge trying to find a place for him to just crawl around safely and see others do the same. We used to take him to the kids section of the library which was great (and free) - is there anything similar here? Some of the playgroups we've approached only accept older kids.

Days of trawling the malls and endless cabs, trains etc are starting to fill me with dread.

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Postby beppi » Wed, 20 Apr 2011 10:22 pm

The mom's groups were mostly at private homes and had lots of kids of various ages crawling, running or just crying together.
The Jacob Ballas Garden (at Bukit Timah end of the Botanical Gardens), especially the water feature there, is great as soon as the little one can walk, and there are several indoor playgrounds - the one I frequented was Fidgets at Turf City and has a crawling area for below-12-months-old. Some Community Centres also have kids libraries and I even found a very nice playground in an HDB void deck. Even the transit area at Changi airport has a feature for babies.
Malls are really the last places to go (for a shopping-averse guy like me at least)!

I never took a cab, since I wanted to utilize the privilege of getting a seat even in the most crowded buses - hahaha!

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Postby keelagi » Tue, 26 Apr 2011 12:06 pm

Took up your recommendation of Fidgets on the weekend and had a great time. It was obviously a very busy time and it was packed but we still found some space for the little one to enjoy himself!

Friends have also suggested Polliwogs in East Coast Park so we're going to give that a go soon.

Thanks again

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Postby ukiwi » Tue, 31 May 2011 8:16 pm

Hey,

I'm at stay at home Dad and would be keen to meet up.

Our daughter is coming up to 10 moths and always looking for her to interact with other kids.

Live around the East Coast area, give me a bell on 93664852

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Postby johnnychomp » Wed, 15 Jun 2011 9:32 am

morning, my wife just started work today. so anyone with a plan for today that would like a 2 year-old and his father to tag along would be great!!! we haven't set up mobiles yet so i can only communicate through e-mail (can't pm yet). reach me at johnnychomp@gmail.

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Postby johnnychomp » Wed, 15 Jun 2011 9:36 am

sorry. we are staying in district one near clark quey right now


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