Ed­i­tor’s note

Woman’s Day (NZ) - - Contents -

British broad­caster Piers Mor­gan proved him­self to be a right doo­fus (again) last week when he crit­i­cised ac­tor Daniel Craig for car­ry­ing his two-month daugh­ter in a front pack.

When pompous Piers tweeted a pic­ture of the Bond ac­tor say­ing, “Oh, 007 … not you as well?!! #pa­poose #emas­cu­lat­edBond”, it said more about the out­spo­ken jour­nal­ist than any­one else.

To insin­u­ate that a bloke who shares the par­ent­ing load by hap­pily car­ry­ing his baby close to his chest strips him of his mas­culin­ity ... well, it’s to­tally ridicu­lous.

But what I loved is that some­thing good came out of this ar­chaic at­ti­tude from Piers. The in­ter­net erupted and the back­lash from dads across the world – thou­sands proudly shar­ing pho­tos with their ba­bies in front packs – showed Piers what it means to be a real man.

Per­son­ally, I think it’s not only hot see­ing a man who is so se­cure in his mas­culin­ity he doesn’t flinch at wear­ing a front pack, but it’s also prac­ti­cal. My kids are 15 and nine, but we – and when I say we, I re­ally mean my hus­band Con­rad – thrashed the front packs with both of our ba­bies. Not only did Con­rad love snug­gling our kids close, but when we trav­elled, he had two hands free to help with all that baby para­pher­na­lia you have to take with you. As a breast­feed­ing mum, his car­ry­ing the wee one through air­ports in the Baby Björn was one way to lit­er­ally share the load.

And I’m pretty sure that se­cretly he didn’t mind the ad­mir­ing glances from all the women on the plane tac­itly ap­plaud­ing this mod­ern man cradling his baby. He al­ways took his time to take off the front pack and sit down.

But then again my hus­band was a mod­ern dad, well ahead of his time. Con­rad was hap­pily a stay-at-home dad for both of our kids for many years – do­ing way more than his fair share of cook­ing, clean­ing and child­care. He’s still got a good friend from his “moth­ers’ group” from 15 years ago. And I love the fact he’s in­spired so many men in our cir­cle to be more hands-on fa­thers.

Piers’ short-sighted com­ments re­minded me what an amaz­ing man I’ve mar­ried. I love you, Con­rad!

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