A friend’s dad, visiting from the UK, told me he thought that women made better stay-at-home parents. This was within the context of my friend, his son, taking 6 weeks off in-between jobs, and going on and on about how great he would be at stay-at-home-dad-ness. His father didn’t agree.
“It’s just natural [for women to stay home to take care of kids],” he kept saying. “It’s biological. It comes naturally to you.” (By “you”, he apparently meant “all women, everywhere.”)
Really? Because I don’t know that it comes naturally to me, let alone to most women I know. Sure, we can give birth, and breastfeed, and all those hormones can make us superhuman, especially when it comes to getting up in the middle of the night. But being a full-time parent is hard, people! It’s not the running-about-after, cooking-for, cleaning-up-after a toddler that does me in; it’s the mental…
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