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Friday, April 28, 2006


Stepford Moms?

I've blogged before about the snobby moms who look down their noses with disdain at stay-at-home dads and involved fathers, as if we are challenging their livelihood.

Well, lately, those stereotypes have been smashed by a series of random meetings with moms at the park, school, and soccer practice. I keep running into these mothers who are friendly, humble, and seemingly genuinely interested in my status as a stay-at-home dad. It's as if the area moms have been replaced with robots! cue the spooky Stepford Wives music

Or maybe it's some kind of TV prank show. Is Ashton Kutcher going to come running out from behind a tree and yell, "You are so punked, Dad!"

Whatever it is, it's refreshing to engage in honest conversations about children. I'm learning a lot, and I think they are too. Our jobs are exactly the same -- we all want to raise our kids the best way possible.

There's a chance this might be some sort of season-changing anomaly. Perhaps the onset of warm weather has clouded these women's minds and soon they will be back on their side of the park whispering and pointing as usual. In the meantime, it's nice to feel like a part of the group. I guess I'll enjoy it while it lasts.


Anonymous nikkirae said...

Awesome. I applaud you for your love and care of your children.


8:54 PM  
Anonymous chip said...

that's great, glad you're having some interactions with some good people.

5:35 PM  
Blogger Hannelie said...

good on you! My hubby earns the money and I stay at home, but same as you he is just so great and involved with the kids if I need to go and do something eg. work relief or dr's.
He can cook, clean, change nappies and still be my man.
Good luck and best wishes, involved guys are great guys....ignore snobby mums, they're just jealous.

7:24 PM  
Anonymous brettdl said...

Maybe it's all those Californians moving to Idaho.

11:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've gotten the snobby mom treatment myself. And I'm a woman. Cd'A is full of good people, but it has its fair share of snobs.

6:49 PM  
Blogger Kristen said...

You know Phil, those same moms who snub you are snubbing/judging other moms they don't know. That's just their style (or lack thereof, I should say). I've been on the receiving end of that, too. There are some great, friendly moms out there and I'm glad you were able to meet some.

6:07 AM  

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