I get it, ladies. It'a annoying when society wants to give the father of your child a damn trophy for simply parenting. Worshiping dads for completing rudimentary tasks is a cultural problem, for sure. I'm not saying we should hand out "Changed a Diaper" or "Got Up With the Baby" patches we moms lovingly sew onto the dad uniform (t-shirt and cargo shorts, duh). But I do think the "stop celebrating dads for just being dads" has gotten a little out of control. In my house, I praise my kid's dad for simply parenting, including the times he does something I do every single day.
My husband works full-time as a captain in the U.S. Army. I work two part-time jobs while my daughter is at preschool three days a week. By virtue of the time I spend with our child, I'm the primary caregiver. When my husband is home, however, he fully participates as a parenting partner. Before he leaves in the morning, he unloads the dishwasher and, when our daughter was a baby, he would sanitize her bottles. When he comes through the door in the evening, he takes over childcare duties while I make dinner. After we eat, one of us is usually on kitchen patrol while the other one bathes the toddler. On the weekends, he gets her dressed and fed before I'm even up, and he's diligent about taking her to go potty (in public, too).
Doesn't all of this just fall into the category of being a "good dad," though? My answer is yes, but it doesn't mean it doesn't deserve some recognition. So what if I do the same thing, but backwards and in high heels (thanks, Ginger Rogers)? I'm not going to post all over Facebook about how #blessed I am to have such an amazing father for my daughter, or ever refer to what he does as "babysitting" or "helping." But in the privacy of our own home, you better believe I'm giving him two thumbs way up. Here's why: