By Kathy Zucker • Saturday, November 9, 2013
This morning, I woke up and opened Facebook. Instantly, these cartoons popped up on my timeline.
Now, I am not a saint. I definitely felt this way with my first child, when I was struggling just to get out of bed since my body didn’t work the way I was used to. But over the years, as my second and third children came along and my husband patiently incorporated them into his precious time off on evenings and weekends, I changed my mind. My husband is just as qualified as I am to care for our kids, ages 7, 5 and 1, and in many ways he is more qualified. Daddy is the one who packs lunches in our home, takes the kids on nature walks while Mommy answers email and writes blog posts, checks homework and bandages endless boo boos.
This morning, my husband will get the kids up, change diapers and give them breakfast before handing the baton to me when it’s time for him to take a shower. At 9:45 am, we will head to our fencing club where he will teach and my oldest child will take a group class while the middle one plays next to Daddy’s fencing class. Next week, he will come home early to watch the kids on two evenings while I record video interviews in Hoboken, NJ.
I would not have been able to build any of my four companies without my husband willingly pitching in for child care. You may never see him at one of my company’s events, nor will he be cheering for me on social media. But he is doing something much more precious – providing stability for our young family. Thank you, @noahlz, for being the rock of our family. Happy birthday and I love you.
Kathy Zucker, CEO of Metro Moms Network, mother of three young children and New York Life Keep Good Going Shorty Award winner and judge, writes about juggling career and family in an urban setting. Read her MomCondoLiving blog, follow her on Twitter (@KathyZucker), friend her on Facebook and watch her on Youtube.