My oldest friend once told me that fathers are as good as mothers at parenting and bringing their children up, the only difference is that they cannot breastfeed! All the rest is withing their range! so no excuses DADS, you are capable of parenting, caring, nurturing, scolding, teaching, grounding, loving, understanding, guiding, protecting, soothing, feeding…. Like all moms.
I live in Lebanon where parenting is monopolized by women. But it is slowly changing.
Everyday I pick up my kids from school. While waiting for the front gate to open, we the moms and dads stand and chat about life, about our lovelies, about the latest tantrum, the latest achievement, and to my surprise the few dads present are actually talking the same language as the moms! doctor appointments, football practice, teething, adorable moments. they are actively involved with the daily routines and details of their kids’ life. I am quite happy about this shift in roles, as i remember my own father being so busy with work and travels, and not really being part of my daily life, my ups and downs.
I respect men who take their parenting role a step further than being the sole bread winner. They can actually tell you what is the favourite dish of their child, their best friends name, the music they like, their hero and their special forces, the color of their pyjama! and women in all this? well, some of us have a difficult time acknowledging that Men are as good a parent as they are (maybe sometimes even better?), that men are good care taker, that men can soothe a hurting child, can watch over kids in a playground, can help them take a bath and can put them back to sleep again. We women need to let them have a say, have a do in the parenting part. We need to trust them and let them do our job for a while and we will be surprised of the outcome.
So, DADS of the day; Keep up the great work, you are wonderful, still rare in my parts of the world, but I respect you and want more of you in the future!