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Mr. Mom, four kids, run biz while Mom's deployed

Posted at 3:32 PM, Aug 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-09 18:10:43-04

Jason Bailey may look like your typical parent, but as many parents know, there's no such thing as typical.

It started in 2012 when he married his wife, Courtney. With that, he joined a family, gaining three kids: Hannah, Lydia, and Seth.

In 2013, the couple had their son Liam, who is now two. Earlier this year, Courtney, an active duty USAF member, was deployed overseas.

It's left Jason in a role he calls the "Mr. Mom thing."

The family had the option to all move overseas, but figured keeping the kids in their same schools in Papillion would be better.

"It would be better for us to stay, and for me to suck it up," Bailey said.

There's some adjustments like story time and meal time.

"I like to cook adult food, and they only want to eat kid food. So we eat hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, hot dogs, more hot dogs."

Perhaps the biggest change is in the family business. Bailey runs a store, Better than Retail, that sells discounted wholesale home items. Now, because of mom's deployment, the four kids spend part of their summer and weekends helping out at the store.

A lot of it ends up being product testing. Which usually leads to keeping the items that would be for sale. But it's also given Bailey ideas for how to make the shop more family friendly. He's set up a trampoline and a projection game for the kids to play with while their parents shop.

"Without the kids, this store wouldn't happen. I can not run this store by myself."