Men ARE better fathers than society thinks

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Last night was the big grand opening party for Chris's studio and I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who came out. The place was packed; there was something like nearly 600 people in attendance and it was a huge success. It was wonderful for everyone to finally see the fruit of his hard labor and to congratulate him on the physical realization of his dream. Our friends came out, people whom I love dearly, people who can always be counted on and who've always supported us in all we do, people whom we've always supported as well. They are like family to us and the night would not have been complete without them. There are many people to thank so if you're one of them, I thank you - also Monster Energy Drinks, Vitamin Water, Benton Park Cafe, Hodak's, for their part in making the night so successful.

That the opening took place right before Father's Day and his birthday was apropos, I thought. When we we exchanged vows almost nine years ago, I never would have foreseen us on the path we are now. For better or for worse, it's been an extraordinary ride and I'm so grateful that I get to share it with my best friend. Who is also a fantastic father. And has an incredible backside. Which isn't related to being a father, except maybe in an obvious way, so it bears mentioning. Ahem.

Chris joined Danny and a few of the Momversation men for a special episode on dads for Father's Day. It's sweet to watch these men open up their hearts and profess just how much they love their children and how, YES, they WILL BE OK solo with the kids. I think dads are under-appreciated in our society, underutilized, under-loved. Whenever I read things about how men aren't performing up to women's expectations in the home these men will forever stand out to me as more than just an exception to the rule, but possibly proof that the rule itself is false. These men want to share the joy of raising children, they want to help out their wives and maybe if we women recognized that and gave them the credit they deserve we would find our own burdens relieved. It's just a thought.



Happy Father's Day to all the men in my life, to all the men out there., and happy birthday to the man in my life. You are so loved.
Love this man

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I couldn't agree with you more. I'm amazed at how many women huff and complain about how their husbands never do anything when I know good and well that those men would like to help if only given the chance.

I am preparing to leave for 8 days and my sweet, dear husband will be alone with the kids. I feel terrible about it, not because I don't trust him or think he'll do a good job, but because I know that it will be difficult and stressful for him. And yet, my husband is putting ab ig smile on his face and giving me all the encouragement in the world to take this trip, without laying an ounce of guilt upon me. He's a good man. Seriously, my husband is amazing - he's extremely hand on and I couldn't be more grateful or appreciate of him.

What a blessing it is to have husbands who understand their roles as caretakers and fathers. There are many of them out there and I think it's our responsibility as women to encourage and support their paternal instincts - not to tear them down.

Very sweet video...

Heh. Did Chris' responses have anything to do w/ the "hot tar roofin' argument" y'all had awhile back? Couldn't help but think about that. /clueless single guy :)

It really bothers me to hear women talk disrespectfully about their husbands. So many women (not all) talk about their husbands as if they are incompetant children. What are your children learning when they hear those comments? My husband isn't perfect. If he was, would he have married inperfect me? However, he is a responsible male who works hard to provide for his family. He may not do some things like I do but that doesn't mean he is wrong. He tries his best to be the best possible father and husband that he knows to be. I always try to be respectful when I talk about him. My mother always said, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." Our society as a whole needs to treat others with more respect.

amen. i gave my husband big ups today too on le blog...i have so many girlfriends that talk about their husbands so disrespectfully (and guy friends that talk about their wives equally disrespectfully), it just blows my mind. i chalk it up to being exhausted and grumpy. still, that is your man (or woman). do. not. get. it. i look at my husband as not just my man, but Ma' Man (with a capital "M," thank you). i would never want anyone to ever think of him disparagingly -- most importantly our children.

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Dana,
I do think it's great that you are giving a shout out to involved, responsible fathers. Whether or not they are an exception to the rule depends on personal experience and who you know. I hope, for the sake of wives, children, ex-wives and mothers and daughters and sons everywhere, the exception DOES become the rule.

I truly hate it when people write (or talk) bad about their spouses.

Certainly, any two people whose lives are that entwined will have differences...we are different people. What would you expect?

But, you married a person to indicate your dedication to that person FOR LIFE in front of God and man. Live up to it!

I can't imagine going through life without my wife...she is as much a part of me as any part of myself. I will never publicly air any passing difference I have with her, that would be an injustice. I believe she is the same about me.

Thanks for the great Father's day post. Also, I still think that picture is perhaps the best you've taken. It may be my favorite of yours!

I love your pictures! My dad is an awesome dad, and I hate that just because there are a lot of dead beat dads, that all of them get the bad wrap! I owe a lot of how I parent to my father, and he has helped shape a an awesome family. I'm happy that he's my dad!

-Melanie

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