My Husband’s a Better Parent Than Me

I’ll be the first to admit it, my husband is amazing. He’s a great partner, but he’s an even better father. In fact, I’ve said it a handful of times, even directly to him, that he’s a better parent than me.

This may sound a bit crazy, especially when dads often get a bad rap for not helping out as much with kids. As women, we can often be heard complaining about our husbands. Maybe they didn’t wake up with the baby in the middle of the night. Or we’re frustrated cleaning up dishes after making dinner. Don’t get me wrong, I still occasionally have these complaints, but for the most part this does not describe my husband at all.

My Husband's a Better Parent Than Me

Give Dad Some Credit

Moms are often the ones seen as patient, caring, providing, around for everything, etc. While as the mom of two girls, I am all of these things (or at least try to be each day), my husband just does a much better job than me!

I’m definitely not the most patient person in the world, but my husband never loses his cool with our girls. The same cannot be said for me. When I’m on the brink of yelling our three year old’s first and middle name for the millionth time that day, he steps in and talks with her calmly. I often call him in for reinforcement when I feel I’m about to lose it.

My husband has always woken up in the middle of the night with our girls. He would go get them, change their diaper, and bring them to me to nurse. These little gestures allowed me to heal from my c-sections, but also showed me that we were a partnership in this parenting gig.

My Husband's a Better Parent Than Me

He’s Always There For All of Us

He’s the first there to help get them to sleep. He also always cleans up dishes from the dinner I’ve made, even if it’s after a long day of work. My husband’s the fun parent and is never too tired to play with the kids. He paints nails or plays dolls with them. He knows the best way to handle sibling disputes and quickly squashes them. Bedtime stories are his forte and he uses character voices, which I don’t even attempt to do. Poopy diapers are no issue for him and he is always the one giving our girls baths.

The best part – he knows when to have a glass of wine waiting for me at the end of a long day. He does all of this without complaints or looking for anything in return. I’m forever grateful for him and for my girls to have him as a wonderful role model of what a husband and dad should be.

There is no way I could do this parenting gig without him. I hope he knows how much he’s appreciated, not only on Father’s Day, but all days.

Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing dads out there!

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Elizabeth is a personable, outgoing mom living in Cedar Rapids and working as a high school counselor. She met her husband, Ryan, in high school, but were friends for several years. They started dating while they were both at the University of Iowa and have been married since 2009. After enjoying 5.5 years as a married couple with only a dog to be responsible for, they added to their family in November 2014 when their daughter Elin was born. They welcomed their second daughter, Myla, in October 2016. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys being outside, reading, traveling, attempting to be crafty, running, cheering on the Hawkeyes and spending time with family and friends. She’s loved seeing Cedar Rapids through the lens of a mom and all our city has to offer for families.