Pictures of the Year - nwherald

Sarah Nader -
Stay-at-home dad Nathan Thompson, 31, of Crystal Lake holds his four-week-old daughter, Claire, while at home with his wife and 19-month-old son. There were only about 81,000 stay-at-home dads in 2001, or about 1.6 percent of all stay-at-home parents. By last year, the number had climbed to 176,000, or 3.4 percent of stay-at-home parents, according to U.S. Census data.