My favorite part about having kids is when people without kids offer advice.
From taking kids to restaurants, to organizing birthday parties, to how to get kids to eat vegetables, it’s amazing how much wisdom one can have without ever having experienced parenting.
I was the same way, to be honest. Parenting is so easy when you’re not in it. A+B=C every single time, except the kids don’t understand that logic, and variables are tossed into every single decision that make no sense.
So if you don’t have kids, you don’t get an opinion, frankly. Shut it. You don’t get it. You don’t understand. Stop telling us what to do, please.
The latest childless genius is Cameron Diaz. She’s making the rounds for What To Expect. She has never had children of her own, but plays a pregnant woman in the movie and so the interviewers are asking her parenting related questions.
And while her advice may be controversial, this time I actually agree with the childless expert.
“I have been in the room with…all three of my sister’s births. The first was a c-section, which will change your life. Don’t witness that. Then the vaginal birth, which will change your life. Men: Do not look at it!”
– Cameron Diaz on The Today Show.
I agree. My wife didn’t want me to peek during the birth of our first son. I was to stay at her shoulder, look into her eyes, and offer support and encouragement. At one point I had to reach for more ice, or a cloth, or something, and I peeked.
I didn’t need to do that. My wife was worried that if I saw what was going on down there, I wouldn’t be comfortable revisiting the territory in future intimate moments. Perhaps it was because I was a little uncomfortable having sex while she was pregnant, but she just didn’t want me seeing the birth.
While what I saw didn’t turn me off, it wasn’t necessarily something I needed to see. I’m not saying birth is gross, or disgusting, I’m just saying – “You know what? I didn’t need to see that.”
Cameron Diaz‘s opinion is from the perspective of the husband in this one, and so I’ll give her points for offering some reasonable advice. Still, I’m guessing a lot of women will be shouting down the childless heathen for not knowing what she’s talking about.
Did your partner peek during the birth?
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