Mr. Mom?

Mr. Mom?

It's Not Funny Anymore

It seems odd now to think that just a short time ago, it was considered so intrinsically funny to have the man stay at home and watch the kids while the woman went out to work that they used that as the premise for a sitcom.

 

Just think about that. The mere idea was considered to be so funny that it would make a good basis for an entire show. Not a very good show maybe, but still. Now things in the USA have changed so much that it's not uncommon to see huge some muscle-bound guy with gang tattoos pushing a stroller down the street, and not looking the slightest bit self-conscious about it.

Of course, some prejudices do linger on. When my first daughter was about four months old, I had already been watching her full-time for about two months. She was completely accustomed to the idea that daddy stayed home with her while mommy went out. But she happened to be crying once while I was holding her at a friend's house, and someone just had to make the comment “you're not the mama, she doesn't want you!”

 

I bit my tongue- okay, I bit it rather hard. Economic reality has forced most of this massive social change, but that doesn't mean dads are incompetent or a second-best option as caregivers. I take care of my daughters during the day, and I am good at it. It is simply no longer the case that the man goes out to a construction job or an office somewhere and works all day while the wife stays home to watch the kids. Modern families have schedules as unique as their specific circumstances.