I saw a great comic posted on one of my mom groups on Facebook showing how moms are simply too busy to ask for help trying to do it all. It’s brilliant and was shared and loved by many women. Because it is exhausting being a mother carrying the load we all have. However, it certainly reminded me of my immense gratitude.
I am one of the lucky ones — my husband breaks the stereotype every day.
I could write out everything he does, but I might have to duck and cover. The list is endless. I don’t need to remind him to be a father, to be a supportive spouse, to be a responsible member of our home. Dishes get done, lunches get gorgeously made, laundry is washed, kids get picked up, and more. My husband is an exceptionally wonderful father, partner, and human.
Another thing I know? I know I’m not alone. There are tons of rockstar fathers out there.
How do I know? Because my own father was a man who broke (and breaks) the stereotype of dads being lazy, non-contributing, or too busy to be involved. He showed me this as I grew up and as I eventually thought about my own life partner. He was always there for me, and he set the example daily. I see my own brother, my friends, and my students’ fathers breaking stereotypes every day, too, as they make dinners, wear their babies, carpool, stay at home, lead the PTO, chaperone field trips, go to doctors appointments, and more.
This Father’s Day, let’s not forget all these wonderful men who break the stereotypes.
These men don’t “babysit” their kids, they don’t lighten our load. They are fathers who do it all. So giving them a beautiful necktie, a round of golf, a bike ride alone, some space to watch the Sox game? Yes, that helps. But they deserve it all, including a big thank you and the recognition that society doesn’t seem to show.
Here are just a few of the Boston Moms Blog dads we love:
Let’s hear it for the dads! Tag an amazing dad who deserves a shout out this Father’s Day, or comment below!