On Thursday night, Winnebago County Board Member Kyle Logan could not find a babysitter for his four-month-old. So he brought her to a board meeting. When she fussed, he rocked her in his arms, and when he adjourned the meeting -- he did it on her behalf. WREX 13 reports Logan said, "This is Harper Grace Logan and I think she would appreciate it if somebody would adjourn."
The internet thinks this is adorable, and that it makes him the best dad ever:
Aww, it's adorable! What a great dad! I'm not disagreeing, but I think we all know what the backlash would've been had a woman done this.
Here are some comments on a article about a mother in the European Parliament who brought her child to work:
Of course, there are people on both sides of the argument. There are a few people who chided Dad, but only to point out that if a woman was doing the same thing, she would be vilified, not showered with compliments about what a wonderful parent she is.
When we automatically label any parenting a father does as "cute," while ignoring those same actions taken by mothers because they are just "expected," we are doing all parents a disservice. We're taking the hard work that moms do for granted and at the same time treating fathers like their parenting skills are novel. The same thing happens when we applaud a father for doing something a mother would be chided for. Can we stop acting like parental involvement from fathers is "cute?" It's a narrative that isn't helping anyone.
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