Dad: Is he babysitting?
Is he babysitting???
(insert my scrunched up “are you serious” face)
When our son is not with me, I have been asked if his Dad was at home babysitting?
Excuse me while I rant for a minute or two…
No, he is not babysitting. He is parenting!
Why does this drive me nuts? I feel it downplays the role of a Dad.
It takes a village to raise a child. When there is a team that is parenting, all players are important. Their roles may be a bit different but just as important.
There have been many times through the years that I have not been home. Guess what?? Our son did great. Does it sting a bit? Yes, it does. I secretly would love to hear that he is struggling with me being gone; however, he did not struggle because he is taken care of by his other loving caring parent that knows him inside out and backward.
Dads have a different relationship with their children than Moms; however, their relationship is important as well. So can we please stop undermining the Dad’s role? No, he is not babysitting, he is parenting!!
Let’s take the time to celebrate the awesome Dads out there!
I will start this celebration by celebrating the awesome Dads in my life. My Dad was the cutest man with the greatest sense of humor. I have many great memories of him taking me to many different sporting events and dropping many one-liners that had me busting a gut! He never complained when he had to take me to the hospital for yet another injury! When I was down, all I had to do was call my dad. My mom knew by the tone of my voice so she would just pass the phone to him. He would say “keep your chin up”. There is something about his voice that just calmed me!
My Husband is a great example of a Dad that would do what it takes for his kids. When he hit his rock bottom he dug himself out and worked hard to show his boys that no matter what hurdle is in place, when you set your mind to it you can achieve it. He is a great example of a caring, intentional and supportive father!
My Father in Law was an awesome man that helped shape my husband into the kind and caring human that he is! You can see many of Mike’s traits in Steve.
Feel free to comment below this post about the positive qualities of the Dads in your life!