I work from home, so I usually don't have to get ready to leave the house while simultaneously wrangling a little person out of their pajamas. Still, twice a week my son goes to preschool and my frustration limits are tested. Getting my little one dressed, organized, and packed for preschool (as well as dressing myself and settling down to work) can seem like an impossible task. Luckily I have an awesome partner who helps me, as do so many other women. In fact, I asked women about the one thing their partner does for them in the morning and, well, I must say: well done, you grown-ass gentlemen, you. Well, done.
On those crazy busy mornings where getting my son ready and having a morning that doesn't make me want to go straight back to bed just seems impossible, my partner helps to take up the slack when and where he can. His efforts, however small or seemingly minuscule, make life just a little more manageable for me. Sometimes its as simple as changing a diaper, fixing breakfast or playing with our son, so I can actually, you know, run a brush through my hair. Yeah, I love him for that.
These little things make it feel like we are part of a team, and less like he's just my parenting sidekick; there to help when "all else fails." In a society that is still having a rather tough time shedding unnecessary gender stereotypes, moms can often end up as the default parent. If us moms don't ask for help, many fathers (and other partners, regardless of gender) will allow them to "be the boss" and shoulder the majority of the responsibility. So, while I'm not about endlessly praising partners for doing the bare freakin' minimum, it's great these men are taking the time to help their partners in the morning without being asked.