Father’s Day has a new meaning for me now that my husband and I have two beautiful daughters. I’ve always cherished the day because I love my own father very much, but now the day is even more special. When we celebrate Father’s Day, we think about all of the wonderful ways in which our father is special. My husband is particularly unique because he teaches our daughters not to obey societal norms that dictate responsibilities and behaviors stereotypically determined by our genders.
He is more than a father, he is a best friend to the girls. He hates it when people say, “you must want a son.” He plays soccer with our daughter, teaches her how to hold a golf club and has tea parties in her princess tent with dolls. He’s the first to change a diaper in the middle of the night and the last to go to bed if someone is not feeling well. He loads the dishwasher, does the laundry and has a full-time career that keeps him up well past the 11 o’clock news.
He stays home with the girls so I can get an occasional manicure and watches them while I take naps after a long night with our teething daughter. He never expects dinner to be on the table and he supports my career. He kisses me when he leaves and tells me “not to worry” if the house is a little messy. He cooks dinner, reads bedtime stories and has mastered the basic ponytail.
He doesn’t even realize that he does all of these things because they come naturally for him. This Father’s Day I would like to give a special shout out to all the fathers of little girls. Teach your daughter that she can be a CEO instead of a princess. Treat her mother the way you want her to be treated some day and, most importantly, treat her like the son you never had.