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Monday, April 27, 2009

Up to the Task

Here's a cute article by Paula Spencer in Parenting magazine about how she learned that her husband was a fully competent parent during her third pregnancy's medically-enforced week of bedrest. She starts out doubting he is able to handle the kids for more than a few hours, and he ends up blowing her theory out of the water in a big way.

I look forward to the day when stories like this, however adorable, are no longer needed. When men's capability is not automatically in question, and when women are not set up to automatically assume primary parenting duties in the first place. But, for today, I'll be happy with an article that highlights how mothers need not think of ourselves as essential for our parenting prowess - and that a world of good can come when we step aside and make room for our partners to do their thing.


Blogger Amanda Shankle-Knowlton said...

Unfortunately that seems to be the attitude of Parenting Magazine in general. Most if not all of their articles and advertisements are aimed toward mothers.

When fathers are mentioned, they are spoken of as incompetent idiots. Or it is an article with a wife expressing great appreciation that her husband does any housework/childcare at all.

The takeaway message I get from Parenting Magazine is to not expect too much from your husband. I intend to let my subscription expire.

10:16 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

I'm with you! It is also disappointing that this magazine owns the perfectly good title of 'Parenting,' which would make a great choice for a magazine that treated mothers and fathers as equals.

7:57 AM  
Anonymous Dennis said...

Yes, they really need to change the name of the magazine to "Mothering" because they really treat fathers like crap.

As for the article itself, I feel sorry for this woman that it took being on bed rest for her to realize that her husband is a fully competent parent.

11:44 AM  

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