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11 Things Dads Can Do Just As Well As Moms (Sometimes Better)

Recently a fellow Babble blogger raised quite a stir by writing about things he feels moms generally do better than dads. While I appreciate that Cody wanted to give his wife credit for the stuff she does well, his list just didn’t apply to our family.

In fact, his post inspired me to come up with a list of my own of the things my husband and a lot of other dads I know are great at:


  • Holding a newborn. 1 of 11
    Holding a newborn.
    This is Owen, baby #4, and by that time, Jon had had plenty of practice. But I do have to say he's always been a master at baby-wrangling.
  • Nature walks. 2 of 11
    Nature walks.
    Yeah, I give him some flak for playing too many video games with the kids, but Jon's great at hitting the trails, too.
  • Baking with kids. 3 of 11
    Baking with kids.
    Fun in the kitchen is definitely not only Mom's domain in our house.
  • Co-sleeping. 4 of 11
    Co-sleeping.
    I have multiple photos of my husband napping with each of our five kids. What can I say: the man loves to sleep.
  • Lighting birthday candles. 5 of 11
    Lighting birthday candles.
    For some reason this job always seems to fall to my husband. Maybe because I'm a klutz who drips wax and burns my fingers.
  • Babywearing. 6 of 11
    Babywearing.
    This is actually my brother John and my nephew Jack. I didn't have any good photos of Jon wearing a baby, but both guys are pretty much experts.
  • Playing mad scientist. 7 of 11
    Playing mad scientist.
    This is one of the areas Jon far excels as a parent. I can't remember a single time I've donned a lab coat and goggles at a children's museum.
  • Getting down on the floor to play. 8 of 11
    Getting down on the floor to play.
    This is a picture of our oldest son Jacob and Jon when he was still a pretty new dad. He's still much better at getting down on the floor and playing than I am.
  • Burping babies. 9 of 11
    Burping babies.
    Jon as a young dad burping our second son, Isaac. A total master.
  • Cuddling. 10 of 11
    Cuddling.
    Unless there are boobs involved, I've always been pretty useless at putting little ones to sleep. Not Jon. All it takes is a three-minute cuddle and they're sawing logs. Both of them.
  • Welcoming a new baby. 11 of 11
    Welcoming a new baby.
    Okay, so Jon can't actually give birth. But that doesn't mean he can't actively participate at the big moment.
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Do the dads in your life excel at parenting tasks? Please tell us which ones in the comments!

Like this post? More from Meagan:

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Some of my favorite Babble posts:

*I don’t take my kids out to play, I SEND them out to play

*Why I love the word “homemaker”

*Mothering from the road: what’s wrong with business trip prep?

 

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