This article made be think of all the times that Dad’s get left out of the parenting equation by society. One of the most annoying things about caring for my daughter is shopping.
I’m not going to mention whining or anything like that, how about when she needs a diaper change and there is no changing station in the men’s washroom. There are a number of stores locally that are missing this and don’t have a family washroom, so I change her where on the floor of the bathroom? I’ve done it but it’s pretty disgusting in my opinion.
Then there is the perception of people in general. Because I work at home, I get my daughter from daycare and make dinner. Most days of the week my wife get’s home to dinner made and a clean house but when we talk to friends they always try to make sure that I’m doing enough to help the wife.
Now I don’t intend this to belittle my wife, she is an awesome woman who loves me and does a lot for our family. The way our life works I just happen to be the main caregiver and that’s totally fine.
What’s not fine is everyone else assuming that Dad does little with the child rearing and it’s a burden that’s only for Mom. The lack of a change table makes me mad enough that I ask for a manager in every store now and ask for a formal complaint with the regional authority. Yes I’m that guy, but nothing will change if someone doesn’t make a fuss, so I’ll be that guy.
Let’s see about changing the perception of Dad.