More Singaporean men choosing to be stay-at-home dads

Greater gender equality and awareness of importance of fathers among likely reasons

Former poly lecturer 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.
Former poly lecturer 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.PHOTO: SHINTARO TAY

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.

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.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 16, 2019, with the headline 'More S'pore men choosing to be stay-at-home dads'. Subscribe