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Monday Morning Parenting: I Have Proof That Dads are From Mars

Monday, December 6, 2010

There is nothing like having a baby to shine a spotlight on the gulf-wide differences between men and women. If you think I'm exaggerating just watch a man change a baby's diaper...next stop, rash city!

I have been quietly observing my husband as a father. I give him major props (that's a sociology term, look it up) for how well he's adapted to parenting, especially since he did not grow up around babies. I, on the other hand, have five siblings. I never lived in a house without a baby in it until I left for college.

I really thought that becoming parents would narrow the gender gap for me and my other half. You know where he'd become more emotionally available and I'd remain perfect. Wishful thinking!

I decided to get to try and crack the gender code as dreams of winning a Nobel Prize danced in my head. So, I created a survey, grabbed a clipboard, donned a white coat, and spent days in the lab with my subjects. No, not really. I did, however, study my husband as if he were a lab rat. I did not find any definitive answers, but I did make some interesting conclusions:

  • Did you know that men wash while women clean?
  • Did you know that men remember sports stats while women remember birthdays and anniversaries?
  • Did you know that men start the day wondering what things they can avoid doing while women start the day wondering what things they can accomplish?
  • Did you know that men need to be swept up after while women need to be swept off their feet?
I think I'm onto something. What do you think?

footnote: I am not a scientist (in case you haven't figured that out already). This is my tongue-in-cheek perspective on the differences between men and women. It's meant to be funny and meant to be read with a healthy sense of humor. Please take my theories with a grain of sugar.

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Betty Manousos said...

Great differences, indeed between men and women.
Well said. :)
I love this post!
You have always something worthwhile to say, Teresha.

Wising you a great week ahead!
Big hugs!
B xx

Quiana said...

wow! perfect timing on this post as DH and I have been talking about differences between us esp. in raising our LO. the one about avoidance vs. accomplishments is so true. i believe if only one man (who was born biologically male)in the history of humankind could actually experience giving birth it would be so eye-opening for all men that it would change forever the way the sexes relate to each other. until that happens it is my believe that there will always be a gulf between us.

Kim @ What's That Smell? said...

I think you nailed them LOL

Kim said...

Very cute and soooo true! Since the kids came along, I feel that the differences between my husband and I have been more defined. I'm trying to help the race by being conscious of how I raise these boys!

*Toni Alexis* said...

Perfect! I needed this today! Thanks Mama!

Michelle said...

So true.

Maureensk said...

Oh my gosh, this is too funny! Sadly, it's too true also...

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