To amuse myself when DH was struggling to put tights on our DD, I pretended I was imparting sage advice from generations of mothers re-putting on tights and said: "Always put the toes in first", and DH earnestly took in this helpful hint . This was weeks ago and I still regularly remind him when he is struggling with our recalcitrant DD and her tights, and he still seriously tries to apply the advice! Am I alone in taking my ego-boosts from DH's version of parenting the DC? Maybe I just need to develop another dimension to my life...
One surefire way to irritate the life out of my H when DD was teeny was to dress her in tights, with a dress that buttons up the back. Much huffing and puffing and a degree of swearing was virtually guaranteed!
I just love seeing big blokes struggling to push buggies forwards on sandy beaches - so much energy but little forward motion. Adore imparting advice that they need to pull the buggy along backwards to get anywhere fast.
My husband is a SAHD (well, keeps his hand in his career by working two nights) and I work three days. He does this out of choice. He does a darned better job than some of the mothers I see at the playgroup.
Oh, and he wouldn't dream of using a buggy on sand or otherwise. He hates them.
It does seem like a bit of an outdated flashback, the sort of power trip my mother used to make sure my father wasn't effective on her territory. I dislike the sneering as well, but then I have a son who may one day be a father. I'll just have to help the poor dear choose a decent partner, or become the MIL from hell.
DD had a really pretty dress from GAP, that has teeny tiny buttons on the front, with cotton not elasticated in any way tabs that go around them. I used to find them a bit trickt to fasten but it was worth it as dress was so nice.
DHs fingers are nearly twice the size of mine and he used to hate that dress.
I taught dd how to put tights on instead of dh, he just didnt get the concept...or the point.
I am in the middle. DH is a wonderful father and better than me at many things but tights! The firstvtime he had to put them on he had no idea and just pulled from the top, I had to give clear instructions. He had never worn tights though so it really was a first.
Otchayaniye, that is a fair point, I stand corrected.
I'm aware, as Goblinchild pointed out sagely, that it is a power trip on my part, and do feel ashamed but I ain't got much else to be powerful about...am SAHM and feel undervalued by society which equates value with high earnings. So I laugh at DH. Shoot me.