with Avi Spivack
Hi, I'm Avi, and I try to put the work and the dad together, with mild success. This is all about trying to give you a view from what it looks like on the dad-man's side of the world, and I hope you find my ruminations humorous because I try not to take myself too seriously.
Okay, I’ll come out and say it: are you mothers really the only ones who can run a household, manage a family, and keep it all together?
Are we men that inept, so unnecessary at home that not a word has been mentioned about the time that Obama has to spend at home with his young daughters and all the freakin’ press in the word focuses on Palin and her five offspring?
So be warned: I am offended.
OF COURSE there is a double-standard here.
Did you know that McCain has 4 kids in his current marriage and 3 from a previous one? (You may have seen this little fact in the CNN ticker during the RNC). That’s almost as many as Jon & Kate.
And one of them even wrote a loving book about him.
So why oh why is the mother the focal point of the family, the only one who can mother? I know we can’t produce breast milk, but us dads are parents, too, are we not?
No, I can’t do everything as well as my wife, and I am not denying that the mother is fundamental to the familial unit, but it somehow still shocks me that Obama can parade his young children on stage to prove that he’s a proud father, but not a one questions whether he has a shred of time to spend with them given that he is campaigning 25 hours a day on the road.
But when Palin is wheeled out, we all wonder how on earth she can be the VP and a mother to five at the same time? (And we all know the story of the youngest one.) I admit, it’s a compelling question, but it not only minimizes the father’s role in the family, it also piles more pressure on all of the working mothers out there.
What do you think - does Obama spend enough time with his kids? And - if elected - will Palin fail as a mother?
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