Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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JohnROSS's picture JohnROSS

You're right of course, it's a totally unfair double standard. There are, I'm sure a myriad of causes and reasons for it.

I'm ashamed to admit that I too have played the "bumbling dad" card on any number of occasions. In my defense I do so I think in all sincerity and with a certain amount of shame. That's because I am a bumbling Dad. I'm not good at multitasking, which the "studies" and the media tell me is because I'm a guy. Just juggling the non-kid requirements of the day is almost too much.

I'm sorry that this has hurt you and probably all or most working Moms at some point.

For my part, I thank God every day that the women who do so are willing and able to cover my bumbling back because I
probably couldn't make it otherwise. I should be thanking the women, so Thank You.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I am sure you're not a bumbling dad! Yes , you are right--society teaches men to play the part. I think many men are raised to feel insecure about their roles as fathers. It's time to change!