At Mama Squad last night, the conversation came up about Daddies and how it would be great to see similar initiatives being set up for male parents.
I’ve written about this before. The general feeling in the room was that the menfolk would benefit from support groups just as much as Mammies.
Of course they would, but when we live in a society that still thinks Dad is “babysitting” when he spends time with his kids, rather than, you know, “PARENTING”, and where Dads are often dismissed as being lesser parents or not as significant as Mammies, we have a long way to go.
But change will come. And the first signs of it are seeping into society.
I know four Daddies who stay at home with their children while Mum goes out to work. And that’s just off the top of my head. Loads more share parenting duties and responsibilities with their children’s mum. It’s not a new thing.
I am single handedly fighting the “Is Daddy babysitting?” bullshit with my semi-violent responses becoming quite famous around Donegal. It may eventually be a nationwide epidemic that might even cause some bloke in Government to ban the question completely, and punishment for uttering the words will carry a sentence of a full Netflix session of Peppa Pork… or worse, Max and fricken Ruby.
But most fabulous is the rise of the Daddy Blogger. I know and follow a few Daddy Bloggers and am delighted that this rare and wonderful species are speaking out for the Daddy folk and giving the Mammy Bloggers a run for the children’s allowance.
So in order to spread the love and in the hope that maybe some of my 97% female readers might tag or share with their Daddy Bear type, I want to share my top 3 with you. (If you know a Daddy who might enjoy following some really cool Daddy types, tag away and share this with them.)
My three Favourite Daddy Bloggers!
The Stented Papa is a must follow for ALL parents. I’ve met this dude. He is one of the coolest people I’ve ever met and his blog has me in stitches laughing frequently.
Daddy Poppins is the hilarious and honest musings of an Irish House Husband. Serious wit here my Lovelies!
Digital Dad is brilliant. Again, funny and so honest, his posts will crack you up!
These guys are a breath of fresh air. Get following!
If we can get Dads sharing and reading and recognising and empathising with other Dads, who knows?
Eventually we might live in a society that praises and applauds all the amazing Dads who DO exist, rather than wondering what’s wrong with them for being, you know, Dads?
And yes, there are some useless Dads out there. but remember, there are some useless Mums out there too. Shock fecking horror! I get in trouble every time I say this, but hey! Giving birth doesn’t make you the best parent. Loving the child does, and that includes the parents who love their children from different homes and sometimes from afar.
If you have any Dad bloggers to recommend, please do so in the comments!