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Is there any way to not feel overwhelmed by the demands of parenthood? It’s tough enough with two of us. I can only imagine what it would be like to have to do it alone.
My meager experience in that realm has come on those rare occasions when my wife has flown out of town for work. For me, the best way to handle the duties we usually split in two is to wake up a half-hour earlier and get myself completely ready for work before I start to get the boys ready for school. And I’m fortunate that I work for a company that allows more work-time flexibility than most.
And by the time she comes home? I’m a bit of a basket case. The boys are great, sure. But the energy it takes to make sure that happens just about wipes me out after two or three days.
Listen, no one sits in the bleachers to watch single parents do their thing. No one charges admission to watch a single mom make the bed or a single dad do the laundry. They do it because it must be done, and they do it out of the public glare. They do it until they are exhausted, and then they keep on doing it because no one else is going to do it for them.
I admire single parents so much. I marvel at their perseverence.
Anything that can make that job easier is most welcome, I’m sure. Here’s a video from Tide Pods that demonstrates that concept in action for a single dad who would rather spend time with his kids than wrestle with the laundry all night:
Tide and Downy continue to celebrate Dad’s Way of parenting with a Twitter party Thursday night (July 20) at 8 p.m. EDT. Come and use the hashtag #DadsWay on your tweets, and Tide and Downy will done $1 per tweet to the National Fatherhood Initiative, an organization that promotes engaged fatherhood. I’ll be there, along with fellow writers @whithonea, @dadarocks and @mochadad. There will be trivia and prizes, including an iPad mini. We look forward to your company as we celebrate dad’s way.