Sunday, August 25, 2013


I was at a wedding shower today when someone said to me, "You left all four of the kids with your husband?"

Um, yes. He's a big boy, and HE'S THEIR DAD. Really, he can handle it.

What annoys me about this question is that no one ever reacts that way to him leaving all four kids with me. Not even when I had a two-year-old and three infants.

Jeff gets equally annoyed when people ask him if he's babysitting. It's not babysitting when they are your own kids, folks. Again, no one ever asks me that.

We think we're so enlightened these days, because we believe women can do it all -- motherhood, career, homeroom mom, gourmet cook and uber housekeeper/decorator. Yet we don't think men can be left alone with their own kids for a few hours?

Maybe we haven't made as much progress as we think. 

© Trippin' Mama 2012


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I am so happy to read this. This is the kind of manual that needs to be given and not the random misinformation that's at the other blogs. Thanks for sharing this.

Suzy said...

I get this comment, too, when I leave the kids with Ted. Seriously, people, my husband is probably more capable with our four 4-year-olds than most mothers are with one!

Anonymous said...

You posted 2 days in a row! I so missed your way with words and perspective.

Anonymous said...

Agreed. Another moment that stung for me is when I had baby #2, my HUSBAND was given the credit for my drugfree birth with his excellent LABOR COACHING. Eyeroll. He was a good coach, but madame midwife, *I* was the one who did the work!