As a mom to 6-month-old twins, I’ve developed a certain way of doing things when it comes to parenting. It’s hard for me not to cringe when dad steps in and takes over because let’s face it, he doesn’t know that the teeny-tiny washcloths get stacked on the right side of the drawer under the crib, or that there’s a special pad that protects the pad that goes on the changing table.
But what I’ve come to realize is that when I refrain from correcting my husband or showing him how to do things my way, he starts to feel even more confident handling the babies — and I get some much-needed help! The bonus is that when we let dads be dads, we can actually learn something from them.
Here’s what I’ve learned from watching my husband and other dads — let me know if you agree! — Ronnie Koenig
Ronnie Koenig is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn, NY. She was the editor-in-chief of Playgirl magazine and writes for Cosmo, Redbook, Penthouse, American Way and others. Visit her at www.ronniekoenig.com.
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