The other day I was channel surfing and landed on The Real Housewives of New Jersey. This show slightly fascinates me. Because my husband is from Jersey and frankly, these ladies are the type that I would run quickly away from. The accents! The high heels! The get-the-f@ck-out-of-my-way attitude! They scare me. They really do.
But I digress….
The specific segment that I landed on was about children. Specifically about how one guy (no clue his name) handles his kids when he has to “babysit.”
This is a huge pet peeve of mine.
Dude, it is called parenting. You are not babysitting when you are watching your own children. Babysitting is a job or a favor. Teenagers babysit. Nana babysits.
Dads do not babysit. They parent.
Hearing that phrase come out of the mouth of men makes me want to lash out irrationally. (And I don’t lash out often.) Parenting is a collaboration. It is two people working together for the common good to raise a healthy, emotionally stable, wonderful human being. Babysitting has an end point. The parents come home, someone gets paid, and someone goes home.
Using that phrase only bolsters the stereotype that dads who care for their own children are an anomaly.
Bad. Choice. Of. Words.
Let’s stop doing that, okay?