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Friday, January 05, 2007

What Really Happens During Daddy Day
When we equally sharing moms leave our kids in the hands of our husbands for great lengths of time, strange things have a way of occurring. Some actual case reports (from my own house) include:
  • Children end up with faces drawn on their bellies, complete with bellybutton mouths. They then proudly show off their artwork at daycare the next day.
  • A working mom receives an email photograph of her kids with labels on their foreheads sporting their own names, remnants of a label-maker game gone wild.
  • Kids eat the 'orange meal' (mac and cheese, carrots and peaches) for lunch, again.
  • A female child attends preschool with one braid and one pigtail.

Fellow equally-sharing moms, this is all in a normal day while we're at work. With equally shared parenting, it is part of our letting go. Our way is not better. Belly art, body stickers, monotone food and wacky hair are FUN and if Daddy Day means these kinds of crazy projects, our kids are lucky indeed.

We moms may be creative types, or we may be more inclined to get from A to B during our time with our children (I can be both, but am generally task oriented). Sometimes it takes their fathers to mix things up and remind us all that it is good to stop and smell the roses. When those fathers are around the kids as much as we are, maybe our kids will learn to be experts at making their own fun and challenging the status quo in a positive way. Time will tell.


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