Robert Taylor does not bring home the bacon. He cooks it.
When Taylor’s family celebrates Father’s Day on Sunday at his
favorite camping spot along the Colorado River, they will pay homage
to a dad who chose a different career path two years ago.
After 21 years of working for an electronics security company, and
just as he was being considered for a vice presidency, Taylor, 41,
quit to stay at home and raise his daughters, Alyson, 9, and Sara, 3.
“After [Sept. 11], I really took stock in family values,” Taylor
said. “I was at the top of the ladder, but my wife still had plenty
more rungs to go, so I decided to step down and let her pursue her
While his wife, Dena, 36, works as an area sales manager for a
washroom accessories manufacturer, Taylor begins his day preparing
breakfast for the girls and getting Alyson ready for school. She is a
fourth-grader at Bret Harte Elementary School.
Once he sees Alyson safely off to school, Taylor begins his
“Usually about that time, laundry kicks in,” Taylor said. “Since
there are three girls in the house, it takes forever.”
Alyson is happy to have her dad at home.
“He helps me with my math homework, and I’m doing better,” Alyson
said. “He always helps me get the right answer.”
Once a week, Taylor and Sara attend a Toddler and Me class and a
toddler dance class.
“I actually danced in the Spring Fling on the stage with Sara,” he
When the Bret Harte PTA meeting is called to order, Taylor is
“We don’t have many dads active with PTA, but he’s extremely
active,” Principal Diane Berger said.
Taylor’s participation at the meetings adds a welcome male
perspective to the group, Berger added.
In the beginning, Dena Taylor said making the change was tough for
her husband because it was not a traditional male role.
“One of the difficult things is that most of the time when a woman
says, ‘I’m quitting my job to stay home,’ it’s like [she is] moving
up to something,” Dena Taylor said. “But when a man says that, it’s
like [he is] stepping down.”
But Dena Taylor, who has worked throughout her marriage, said her
husband does a job she could never do.
“My daughters will never know a world where a man makes the money
and the mom cooks the meal,” she said. “We’re raising a different
breed of children.”