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.
Quick, take a stress test:
How stressed are you, right now, on a scale of 1 to 10?
Myself, the father half of a two-parent working family, I would say I am about a 7.8/10.
Let me count the ways…
1. The other half is on the road for the week, so I am flying solo
2. Was stuck in an important meeting and was late to get home for the babysitter
3. During the meeting while I was already going to be late, I get a call on my cell - it’s the babysitter saying don’t be late
4. She says don’t be late because she doesn’t feel well and, turns out, she was at the ER last night
5. I have to leave said meeting early to race home and ensure that all is okay
6. All is okay at home except for the un-well babysitter, so I must speak to parents about possibly taking over for said babysitter for the rest of the week while I attend meetings and get asked why I have to leave early
7. Did I mention that it is so hot outside it feels like someone is blowing a hair dryer on my face (on high) at all times?
8. And that I sweat instantly.
9. Oh yeah, don’t forget to practice piano, water the plants and flowers, talk to mother-in-law, get child to bed, arrange for weekend plans, and then…
10. Deal with some sort of mysterious toilet leak, which causes
11. The bathroom mat (and my shorts) to get all wet, so must launder both, while I walk around in my underwear (which I actually enjoyed, I admit it)
12. And then it’s back to work until midnight
13. Because, obviously, I had to leave early
so yeah, 7.8/10 is a tad generous, I think.
Now, are us working fathers who want to be “involved” fathers just as “stressed” as our motherly counterparts?
I say YES! Here’s what the NY Times has to say:
Convince me why you are right.
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