‘ Dad’s Way’ of par­ent­ing def­i­nitely has its place in the house­hold

Townsville Bulletin - - About a Baby -

I t h i n k , e s p e c i a l l y i n my mummy weary mo­ments, that he should han­dle things as I would.

To jus­tify this in­cred­i­bly un­righ­teous stance, I rea­son that I spend more time with Gem and Sophia than he does, so that must make me the ex­pert ( be nice) in how to raise them.

Of course, my hus­band has never en­ter­tained the no­tion of my self-im­posed ti­tle of ex­pert in all things baby.

He wants to do things his way. To be left alone, and trusted, to care for our chil­dren with­out ‘‘ ex­pert ad­vice’’ from me. He calls it the ‘‘ Dad’s Way’’ of par­ent­ing.

And I’m so glad he per­sisted in do­ing things the ‘‘ Dad’s Way’’.

It’s not a proud mummy mo­ment to con­fess it took me some time to ac­cept my hus­band’s par­ent­ing style has been, at times, more pro­duc­tive than mine.

In the past, es­pe­cially when the girls were babes in arms, I’d be amazed ( read: an­noyed) that Steve would leave the house with­out too much thought of what baby sup­plies he needed. He deemed my nappy bag ‘‘ too big’’ and put ev­ery­thing he thought he needed in his pock­ets.

And guess what? What he could fit in his pock­ets was all he needed to care for our ba­bies. Steve and the girls al­ways re­turned home safe and happy.

I’m a lit­tle em­bar­rassed to ad-

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