‘Without any praise we tell her, ‘You are lucky to have a man who helps.’: Mom urges ‘dads are not babysitters, they’re parents’

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You are lucky to have a man who helps.

I wish people wouldn’t say that to mothers.

Mothers are never left alone, they poop with an audience, they are busy every minute of the day and rarely have relief at night.

They are chefs, cleaners, maids, referees, appointment keepers, book keepers, accountants, taxi drivers, nurses.

THEY ARE IT ALL.

And they are someone who carries it all, no matter how heavy.

Including the mental load.

Mothers are told to be grateful on their hardest days because ‘she will miss this’ (also known as being encouraged with guilt).

On top of being a full-time parent, she is expected to look good, bang on demand, be a vixen but be respectable, be dressed immaculately, have the pressure of children who behave perfectly. Work a job. Have friends and hobbies, but not at the expense of her family. Put herself last and everyone first.

She is miraculous when she is carrying a baby in her womb but when she gives birth, she is treated like she is a second class citizen…

And yet without any praise to her, we tell her, oh you’re lucky to have a man who helps.

No. That doesn’t make her lucky.

That makes her an equal in the relationship to have a man who appreciates her and does his fair share.

Her family is lucky to have someone who does it all for them. And she should be treated as such.

Please stop telling mothers they are lucky to have men who are equal partners.

Women deserve better than that and so do men.

They aren’t uncaring or cold beings.

Dads are not babysitters, they’re not helpers, they’re parents.

Mothers are not machines, they aren’t robots.

They matter, and they deserve love and respect and a helluva lot more than, ‘You’re lucky he helps.'”

Courtesy of Laura Mazza

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