‘I know what society says about dads, and they deserve way more recognition⁣. They do hard stuff too.⁣’: Wife challenges stereotype, crediting dads for their effort

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“I know what society stereotypes say about dads.⁣

Moms do all the hard stuff.⁣
Dads have all the fun.⁣
Moms are the ones who are burned out.⁣
Dads have it easy. ⁣
Moms parent.⁣
Dads babysit.⁣

I’ve seen all the memes and videos.⁣
I’ve read all the articles.⁣
I’ve heard all the jokes.⁣
Heck, I’ve even written a few myself.⁣

And I guess for some, those stereotypes might be true. Which is perfectly fine.⁣
Every family is different.⁣

But sometimes they aren’t.⁣
Sometimes those stereotypes get it wrong. ⁣

Sometimes dads drive carpools and pack lunches.⁣
Sometimes dads rock babies to sleep and wake up for 3 a.m. feedings.⁣
Sometimes dads tie ponytails and sing Disney songs at the top of their lungs.⁣
Sometimes dads build Lego and fix boo boos.⁣
Sometimes dads rub in sunscreen and remember to reapply a few hours later.⁣
Sometimes dads know the schedules.⁣
Sometimes dads make dinner, and even breakfast too.⁣
Sometimes dads give the baths and cup their hand against tiny foreheads so the soap doesn’t get in their eyes.⁣
Sometimes dads fill out reading logs.⁣
Sometimes dads pack the backpacks.⁣
Sometimes dads know the trick to get those sleepy eyes to close and the cries to settle.⁣
Sometimes dads give moms a break without asking.⁣

And sometimes dads need a break too.⁣
Because they do the hard stuff.⁣
They get burned out.⁣
They sacrifice.⁣
They protect.⁣
They love unconditionally.⁣
And they deserve way more recognition than society gives them.⁣

Here’s to all the working dads, the stay-at-home dads, the step-dads, the granddads, the single dads, the foster dads, the dads in heaven, and the dads who desperately want to be dads but maybe haven’t gotten there quite yet. ⁣

We celebrate you.”

Dad lovingly applies sunscreen to son's face.
Courtesy of Mari Ebert

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