Sunday, June 21, 2015

Letter to my Husband

I’ve seen many articles touching on the underappreciation of stay-at-home-moms and while I do appreciate the recognition we are getting, I feel that full-time-working-dads may also be slightly underappreciated. So now it’s my turn to say thank you. 

Thank you for getting up extra early (while we sleep!) 5 days a week to go to the office. This sacrifice lets you come home earlier so you have some time to spend with us before Little C goes to bed. And your going to work allows me to stay home and focus on Little C and live comfortably while doing so!
Thank you for finding the best work/life balance you could. Even though she doesn’t really know it yet, Little C and I are both so grateful that you’re not on call anymore and have severely reduced the frequency of business trips. 
Thank you for accepting and understanding Little C’s preference for me over you. It’s not fair, but she just doesn’t understand why you have to leave and go to work so many days when I stay with her. One day she will understand and appreciate what you did for our family. 
Thank you for being a parent. It’s sad that in this “modern” age, so many men still feel that parenting is not a two-person job. I’m lucky enough to have a partner in this life, every step of the way, who doesn’t hesitate to step in and do whatever needs doing. 
Thank you for believing in me, supporting me, trusting my judgment and appreciating what I do for Little C and our family. 
Thank you for accepting me and loving me, flaws and all, bad days and good.

In return… 
I promise to not jump on you and ask for help the moment you walk in the door (unless we’re in the middle of some sort of cataclysmic disaster!) 
I promise to remember that your day in the office isn’t necessarily a breeze. It may be crazy and nonstop, stressful and exhausting. 
I promise to treat you as an equal parent. I may make many parenting decisions myself simply because I’m the only one here, but you still have as much say as I do. I will try my best to remember that suggestions and concerns are just those and not reprimands and judgments. 
I promise to show my appreciation for what you do and never let you forget that I can only do what I do because of you. 
I promise to love and support you, every step of the way, bad days and good, for the rest of my life.

 

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