What mommy can do, daddy can do better! Here’s M&B’s humorous take on why daddy can be the more popular parent…
Dad really loves to play rough. He won’t ever grumble about the sun. Heck, he’ll invariably be the one teaching me how to ride a bike, ? y a kite, hit a ball and shoot some hoops as I grow up. And for now, I’m pretty thrilled with our games of Somersaulting Peekaboo, Toss & Catch Baby and the Aliens Ate My Food (he’s the alien!).
While both mum and dad spend on me, it’s Dad who spends on the fun stuff (what mum calls frivolous!). Candy, hiking shoes, sports tees, an iPod… they may not always be age-appropriate, but I’m EQUIPPED for life, and how!
He won’t gasp every time I turn over on the bed! He’s okay to let me splash in my little pool of pee without losing his head. For Christ’s sake, he even smuggles in some yummy choco chip ice cream in my mouth when mommy’s not watching… If there’s a little accident involving me, he does not rush me to the doc in a frenzy and add to the panic. Now, that’s what you mean by being calm and collected in an emergency!
While mum makes a big deal about matching mittens, and matching knickers, and matching bonnets, daddy will just dress me up in whatever he can lay his hands on, and pretty quickly at that. One green and one pink sock, quite a style statement for an eight month old, eh?
Dad wants to buy cooler things than mum. When he takes me to Croma in a handy backpack, we’re quite the A-team as we zoom through the aisles, picking up all the gadgets with those colourful LEDs, foot-tapping music and action-packed racing gear. He’s the one campaigning for my ? rst pink-and-purple laptop, while mommy insists that at my age, just a pot and ladle is enough to keep me entertained. As if!
Good Cop allows a few minutes of playing with the food, because Good Cop is more laidback. Good Cop ? nds toilet humour funny at the dinner table, err, even looks at it as a bonding moment. And, of course, Good Cop never punishes, only rewards good behaviour… err, behaviour.
LIKE SON LIKE FATHER
Daddy thinks like I do more often than mum. If I throw my food to the ? oor, she would get busy cleaning up on the double. But dad? He just might start slopping his food around the room with a goofy grin on his face too! That’s why I keep trying 🙂
Daddy has bigger muscles and a smaller attention span. Undoubt-edly, he is more useful in a pillow ? ght and makes a better steamroller than mommy ever could be. But he can also grow a moustache if he likes, he has chest hair and can even grow hair on his knuckles!
Pop’s word is the last word. He gets to say No, and say it with authority, because he is perceived to be the ‘head of the household’ and his word has power! (Even if he listens to everything mum says!)
Illustration Ajay Paradkar