This weekend, we mamas gracefully take a step back and honor the dads in our lives. The good ones, the so-so ones, the ones who made us mothers and the ones who shaped our own sense of parenthood. As a full-time working mama, I'd like to give a special shout-out to those dads out there, like my partner in parenting, who empower women like me. Stay-At-Home Dads (SAHDs), you're a necessary and inspiring thread of our society. I know, I know, as informed people we shouldn't think it's admirable when a dad stays home and normal or expected when a mom does. But, guess what? We're NOT there as a society yet. And, even though the number of SAHDs has increased by 15% in the last 25 years, today's SAHDs still face a lot of deeply rooted judgement based in outdated gender expectations, and they are absolutely blazing a trail.
So, thanks, SAHDs, for validating our intelligence and our passions. Thanks for teaching our children that women can earn and men can nurture. Thanks for redefining masculinity in a rejuvenating and sexy way. Thanks for being there, day after day after day. You rock. So hard. Check out how amazeballs my SAHD hubbie is.