Letâ€™s be real. Long gone are the days where dads are seen as bumbling idiots who put diapers on backwards and burn formula in the microwave. Dads know what theyâ€™re doing. Dads put in just as much work as moms, in most cases. In short, dads are amazing.
In honor of Fatherâ€™s Day and every other day of the year, here are 12 signs your kids have been blessed with an amazing dad:
1. He watches you give birth and isnâ€™t squeamish. This is the first test of a truly awesome dad. My husband was kind enough to say that he still found me beautiful and sexy, even after he saw my butthole during labor.
2. He isnâ€™t afraid of his newborn baby. Every single person is afraid of the fragile newborn. Every. Single. Person. And donâ€™t let them tell you otherwise. Dads who learn to cradle and swaddle tiny babies while supporting their meager baby necks deserve a pat on the back.
3. He gets up in the middle of the night. No one likes to get up in the middle of the night with a screaming baby, but dads do it too. Bonus points if he warms up pumped breast milk or formula and lets you sleep.
4. He doesnâ€™t shake your baby. This is not a jokeâ€”Shaken Baby Syndrome is a real concern. Any new parent can tell you how difficult it is to keep your cool when your baby is screaming its head off and canâ€™t be soothed. Dads deserve credit for this too.
5. He researches on the Internet. Itâ€™s often said that men like to â€śfixâ€ť things. This certainly comes in handy when your husband spends the afternoon googling how to deal with a teething baby.
6. He doesnâ€™t babysit. What I mean to say is, a true dad partner watches the kids all of the time anyway. He splits up childcare duties with you and doesnâ€™t call it â€śbabysitting.â€ť
7. He changes dirty diapers. Any dad who plays by the â€śyour turnâ€ť rule of the dirty diaper game is a hero. Heâ€™s clearly doing something right.
8. He lets you sleep in sometimes. If your husband lets you sleep in for a few hours, even when it isnâ€™t Motherâ€™s Day, he knows the way to your heart. God bless him.
9. He respects your decisions. Most parenting decisions are made together, but moms still need support when they just canâ€™t take it anymore. If you decide to stop breastfeeding because of frustration, latching issues, or mastitis, thank your husband for backing you up and easing your mom guilt.
10. Heâ€™s mostly patient. No one is perfect, especially dads. Dads who remain calm in the eye of the storm, i.e. a screaming toddler tantrum that lasts for hours, should get an award.
11. He brags about your kids. Most modern parents try to keep bragging to a minimum because of nonstop Facebook abuse. But thereâ€™s something so adorable about a dad who canâ€™t help himself when he shows friends, family, and the grocery store cashier pictures of his kids on his iPhone. Awww.
12. He makes you feel less alone. Thereâ€™s nothing like a hands-on dad who understands everything youâ€™re going through as a new mom. You can vent to him and tell him your insecurities, and he actually gets it. Heâ€™s a good dad.
If you need a little encouragement for why you’re a good mother too, click here!