Families: Domestic Dads

More fathers are manning the home front and tending the kids while their wives go off to work

Bill Laut, a beefy former construction-company owner, is a guy's guy: he has remodeled every room in his house, knows how to fix any plumbing glitch and savors Monday Night Football with his buddies. Yet when his wife Sheila, a manager at a large banking-equipment company, became pregnant, the Hudson, Ohio, couple decided that Sheila, whose job provides the family's health benefits, would be the breadwinner and Bill would give up his business to stay home and care for the children. Over the past five years, Laut has diapered, clothed, fed and organized play dates for the couple's triplets: Sabrina, Grant...

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