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WASHINGTON -- The day his daughter Olivia was born, as Mark Ruis puts it, was the last day of his career -- at least for the foreseeable future.
On that day three years ago, Ruis joined a growing number of men across the United States who are bucking tradition and taking on the title of Mr. Mom, or stay-at-home dad.
"I didn't think I had it in me," said Ruis, 38, of the eastern state of New Jersey. “To be a stay-at-home nurturing parent with patience, to be able to do all the chores, all the organizational stuff, I didn't think I could do it.”