In a popular post Wednesday, TODAY Moms contributor Bob Trott gave us his hilarious list of 5 reasons why dads are better than moms. Meanwhile, our vote on who's really the better parent started off with dads in the lead, but overnight moms pulled ahead with 68 percent (never underestimate the power of the 3 am feeding voting block).
It's all in good fun -- we all know being a good parent has nothing to do with gender-- but in honor of Father’s Day this Sunday, we’re going to let Team Dad have a just a wee bit more love.
On our TODAY Moms Facebook page, we posed the question: What daddy parenting trait do you most admire?
Here’s what some readers said.
Andrea Blanco loves that dads remain calm when there’s blood involved, while Tammy Middlecamp gives dad the edge when it comes to the evil eye: “The way he can give the kids just one look and they straighten up immediately. “
Many readers give dad props (as Trott did) for having a great sense of humor.
Courtney Twaites appreciates how easily her husband “can make the kids laugh, when I try SO hard.” Annie Averill gives points for daddy love in the form of “brownies for breakfast and popcorn past bedtime...Daddies make it a lot of fun, even though Mommy has to deal with consequences,” Averill writes.
Says Kristi Albert Johnson:
“I love the "We are all in it together except for Mommy" moments and the "We are the Men" attitude. That bond with daddy is something they will never forget and it makes me giggle watching all my boys wink at each other as conspirators! “
Moms with multiples value their spouse’s special skills.
Julia Marino Saul wrote “We have three year old twins. I ADMIRE his patience with them!!” Meanwhile Azlina Ahmad, who also has toddler twin sons, says she appreciates her husband’s “ability to have a powernap” while he’s watching the twins.
Deborah Leithead Dobbins touts her spouse’s way of handling the messier side of parenting.
“My husband changes the stinky, in your face, gag-a-maggot diapers, cleans up throw up, sits up with them when they are so stuffed up with snot, rocks them tenderly to sleep and makes them feel just as loved as I do.”
Jenn Hunter Moss gives her husband credit for playfulness and intellect.
“I love that he tosses them in the air, plays with them in the dirt, fingerprints with them, and knows a lot about science. I am thankful my girls have such an amazing, involved daddy!
But Hunter Moss is quick to say that while her hubs represents Team Dad, her own role on Team Mom is just as important. “ We balance each other out,” she says.
Anna Collins agrees that teamwork does wonders for parenting. She says:
“The best thing about my child's dad is that he is the man I love, and chose to marry and have children with. We have EQUAL values, and share our parental duties fairly. He cleans, comforts and cuddles as much as I play rough-and-tumble, bend the rules and put babba in crazy, mismatched clothes. It's 2011, not 1951, you know!"