It’s always nice to receive a reply to a post, it’s very special to know that someone has taken the time to express an opinion on what you had to say good or bad. I read all comments, approve all comments and endeavour to reply to them all too. In the early days when I first started answering to daddownunder I received a comment, the only comment I have ever not approved and instead flicked straight to trash.
The comment came from a Mom blogger, a Mom blogger from across the pond and a Mom blogger with a healthy following. This particular Mom blogger wished to express her belief that a Mom knows best, a Mom can give a child thing’s that a Dad can’t and that in her opinion the Stay at Home role is best suited to the female of the species. She phrased things in a friendly manner and it was in no way aggressive or malicious she was simply expressing an opinion.
At that stage I was still a wet behind the ears rookie stay at homer stumbling through what was a steep learning curve. I had seen what a great job Mrs Under had done with Max and part of me doubted whether I would be up to the job. This explains my decision to block the comment rather than respond.
I am now cruising towards veteran SAHP status and am not easily phased in the parenting arena; blood, pooh, wee, spew, tantrums, teething, bathing , cooking, cleaning, ironing, washing – bring it on I can take you all. I no longer feel threatened by that particular comment and would like to belatedly respond if that’s okay?
I love my little boy more than anything. I get him out of bed each and every morning and greet him with a kiss, telling him I love him. I devote my energy to giving him a day that is rich in play, creativity, learning and love. If he is hurt I scoop him up in my arms, ask him where it hurts and kiss it better.
When he is sick, I feel sick too. Sometimes the only cure for his illness is a cuddle on the sofa with daddy. When he is missing his Mum I tell him how much she loves him and that when she gets home he will be smothered in hugs and kisses. When he is pushing boundaries I put them back and when he asks a question I always answer. Each night before I put him to sleep I tell him about all the fun things we did that day and all the fun things we will experience together when he wakes up.
When I see him smile and laugh it’s the best feeling in the world and it’s my job to make sure the smile lingers as long as possible. I’m a protector, a teacher, a friend, a nurse, a chef, an entertainer, an artist, a chauffeur, a counsellor, a story teller, a puppeteer, a toy maker, a bad comedian, a father and a stay at home parent.
daddownunder (just another stay at home parent)
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