It’s 2017, and yet, we live in a world in which sometimes dads are known as “babysitters.” Yes, it’s not cool. And there’s other issues that dads deal with that demean their parentage — like the lack of changing tables in men’s restrooms in restaurants, malls, stores, and churches. Well, one dad isn’t satisfied with a lack of changing tables in men’s bathrooms so he did something about it.
Clint Edwards is a parenting blogger and he recently shared a small victory for dads and parents on Facebook. The church that Edwards attended didn’t have a changing table in the men’s restroom, so he did something about it.
“As a father with a young child I really hate when I can’t change my kid. This isn’t to say that I enjoy changing a squirmy poopy toddler. I don’t. No one does,” he wrote, “But I dislike placing the full burden of changing every single diaper on my wife even more. This whole parenting gig is a partnership.”
Edwards notes how there’s a serious lack of changing tables in men’s restrooms and how he’s often faced with the decision to change his daughter on the floor or asking his wife to change his daughter in the women’s restroom.
He also mentions: “Or I’m out alone with my children, and I am left with no option to change my child outside of taking her to the parking lot. I have serious empathy for those single dads with young children who are doing this without backup.”
Edwards adds: “And if you are a father reading this, and you refuse to change your child and don’t see this as a problem, cut the crap! You are making us all look bad. And if you are a company with a changing table in both restrooms, you rock!”
So instead of living with his frustration about the fact that his church didn’t have a changing table in the men’s restroom, Edwards did something about it — he asked the church to put one in. And they did.
“So it’s a small change. It’s one men’s room out of a million. But for me, as an active father with a desire to care for my child, it was a serious victory,” said Edwards.
For every small victory, we move forward toward a bigger one. Good job, Edwards.
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