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Man Tells Wife To Be 'Grateful' That He Helps Take Care Of The Baby - Immediately Regrets It

Clint Edwards thought he should be commended for fulfilling his role as a good father. His wife, not so much. She shut him down.

“I was chatting with my wife about the long night we’d had getting up with the baby, when I said, ‘At least I get up with her. A lot of men don’t. You should be grateful,'” Clint said, according to Independent Journal Review. “I was tired. And I said it like she was really lucky to have me. Like I was going above and beyond as a father.”

His wife, Mel, is a mother of three, a full-time student and volunteers at her children’s schools. When she’s not doing all that stuff she’s taking kids to their appointments, sporting events, cooking healthy meals and keeping her house clean, among numerous other things.

Mel didn’t want to hear it.

“Because it doesn’t make me feel like we’re in a partnership,” she said. “It makes me feel like you want me to kiss your butt every time you get up in the night. This is your baby, too.”

Edwards had an epiphany and wrote about on his blog.

“I thought about the last time I had washed the dishes. I assumed that I should be getting praise or a reward. For the first time I asked myself, ‘Why?’ I ate there, too. Then I thought about vacuuming the carpet, or doing the laundry and realized I had the same expectations about those chores, and suddenly I felt like a jerk.”

Edwards explained how he realized that his views of a mother’s and father’s role were archaic and sexist. Edwards now views marriage as a partnership.

“The thing is, it’s not shameful to take care of kids anymore. It’s not about a man doing a woman’s job. It’s about being a parent, which is half of a wonderful rewarding partnership full of amazing memories and a melted heart,” Edwards wrote.

It’s 2016, we thought that was obvious. But, apparently not for everyone.

“It’s time to realize that, to look around us, be grateful that we get to be a significant player in our children’s lives for the first time ever, and love every moment of it rather than acting like we are owed something.”

Source: IJ Review
Photo: Independent Journal

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