Who the F* Cares?
It is my understanding that when it comes to parenting, there is no better, only different. I am a MAN, and my wife is a WOMAN. Our perspectives are different. The way we deal with and cope with the world is different. The interests we have are different. Our hobbies and the ways we want to vacation are different. Is one better than the other? Well, I like to think mine is better, but that is just MY perspective.
When it comes to parenting, there is no better, but it is our differences that should compliment one another. These differences stem NOT from gender, but from upbringing, exposures, experiences, and culture. There are things that my wife does amazingly, and there are things that I don’t do half-bad. One thing I KNOW for a FACT that my wife does better than me is breastfeed. After that, it’s up for debate. My kids want to wrestle with me and shower her in kisses and snuggles. My kids want to play baseball with me and read with her. My kids try to lick my head and they sing with her.
Is one thing better than the other, or are all these things necessary for kids to grow? If I was a single parent I know my kids would miss my wife’s influence not because it’s better, but because it would add to the people they with grow into. As Bruce Sallan says, “We are the other side of the equation.”
When it comes to parenting, there is no better, only different.