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Happy Fathers' Day

June 14, 2012
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Everyone talks about moms and how awesome we are. It's nice, really. Who doesn't want to hear how hard they work, how underappreciated they are, how radiant they look in that outfit? Dads seem to get the short end of the parenting stick in this regard. When they aren't just being unsung, they're being actively mocked by advertisers. Have you seen a commercial where the husband/father is competent lately? Didn't think so.

The bumbling father trope is so pervasive, people are actually surprised when they see a man parenting.

So let me set the record straight, at least as far as my experience allows. My husband doesn't bumble. He doesn't freeze up like a deer in the headlights when faced with a full diaper or a meltdown. When I'm getting frustrated, he stays cool. When it's O'Dark Thirty and someone begins to fuss, he's up.

Funny things happen when your time is no longer your own. You become dependent on each other in weird and annoying ways. Your life becomes easier or more difficult in direct proportion to what that person has done or is doing. Are the bottles washed? Who needs to be changed? Where is that thing that I need? You know, the THING?! No! Don't put the thing in your mouth!

My day gets better when my husband comes home (Often handing me a coffee as he walks through the door into the chaos of feeding and changing and bouncing and laughing). He's a rock. When I'm a grouch, he's easy going. When I'm exhausted, he juggles the kids. When I need a nap, or a beer, or a girl's night out, I get that. Because he's awesome.

And watching him with the kids is so much fun. It brings out a silly side that doesn't see much sun. He impresses our son with the art of manliness. And he dances with the girls.

Throughout this fun, crazy, time I've had a lot of help from friends and family. But there is no doubt in my mind, that without him I couldn't have done this.

Happy Father's Day.

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