The Sexes: Men of the House

"At first I just tolled round the house doing chores, watching soap operas, and growing lonesome. I found myself waiting for Sandy to come home as the highlight of the day. There was a dependency starting to build up in me."

These familar symptoms of "housewife syndrome" have been described by countless bored and depressed women. The speaker, however, is burly, bearded Sheldon Schacter of Carmel Valley, Calif., who gave up a $13,000-a-year job as a psychiatric social worker to become a househusband. Schacter, 29, cares for his son Jason...

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