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!