Clint Edwards may have named his blog “No Idea What I’m Doing: A Daddy Blog,” but there is one thing he totally gets: parenting is a team effort.
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And when your family is out in public, it becomes even more paramount that the parenting responsibilities are shared. Whether it’s dealing with a fussy toddler at a restaurant or changing a smelly diaper at church, many hands make light work.
So why is it that most restrooms only include baby changing stations in the women’s restrooms? Is Mom expected to be on diaper-duty every time the family leaves the house? And what are single dads supposed to do?
Clint noticed this problem and decided to do something about it.
He was particularly bothered by the lack of changing station in the men’s room at his church, so he decided to risk being seen as “that irritating dad” and advocate for change. And guess what? It totally worked.
Check out Clint’s Facebook post below:
I’m calling this a win!
The church I attend didn’t have a changing table in the men’s room. As a father with a young child I really hate when I can’t change my kid. This isn’t to say that I enjoy changing a squirmy poopy toddler. I don’t. No one does. But I dislike placing the full burden of changing every single diaper on my wife even more. This whole parenting gig is a partnership.
But honestly, this happens a lot. Mel and I go somewhere, and there is no changing table in the men’s room, so I am placed with the option of changing her on a nasty bathroom floor, or asking my wife to handle it time and time again.
Or I’m out alone with my children, and I am left with no option to change my child outside of taking her to the parking lot. I have serious empathy for those single dads with young children who are doing this without backup.
This isn’t to say that every single ladies room in America has a changing table, because that wouldn’t be true. But in my experience, more often than not, the ladies room has one, and the men’s doesn’t.
And if you are a father reading this, and you refuse to change your child and don’t see this as a problem, cut the crap! You are making us all look bad. And if you are a company with a changing table in both restrooms, you rock!
So I brought all this up with some people at my church. I mentioned my frustration. I was that irritating dad who asked for change.
I show up one Sunday to this.
So it’s a small change. It’s one men’s room out of a million. But for me, as an active father with a desire to care for my child, it was a serious victory.
Awesome! It just goes to show, it never hurts to ask… you never know what may happen.
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