Dad Clint Edwards got up late in the middle of the night with his wife, named Mel, to check on their third child, who had some difficulty going back to sleep. The next morning, he was talking to Mel about their late night together when he suddenly felt like he deserved some praise for his efforts.
He said to his wife, "At least I get up with her. A lot of men don’t. You should be grateful."
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Unsurprisingly, Mel felt the opposite way about the situation. The full-time student and a volunteer at their kids' school told her husband that she wished he would stop saying that she should be grateful.
"Why?" he asked. "I mean, it’s true. I do a lot of stuff that other fathers don’t. I’m a good guy."
Then, Mel said, "Because it doesn’t make me feel like we’re in a partnership. It makes me feel like you want me to kiss your butt every time you get up in the night. This is your baby, too."
On his car ride to work, Clint realized that Mel was right.
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He later wrote in a post, "The understanding that Mel was responsible for home and child care was so deeply ingrained in my understanding of family and contribution that I’d placed myself on a pedestal for doing something as simple as helping my wife with our baby in the night."
So of course, he called his wife to apologize. And since that experience, his perspective on a mother's job and a father's job has taken a huge shift.
"The thing is, Its not shameful to take care of kids anymore. It’s not about a man doing a woman’s job," he said. "It’s about being a parent, which is half of a wonderful rewarding partnership full of amazing memories and a melted heart."
We couldn't agree more!
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