The right not to be called “Mr. Mom.” We’re not trying to replace our children’s mothers. After all, there’s a very special bond between a mother and her baby, and no loving father would ever try to get in the way of that. But that doesn’t mean we’re incapable of bonding with our children just as deeply.
Dylan and I still go to the supermarket together. But we don’t use the snuggle-vest anymore — he’s walking. With his fingers clenched tightly around my thumbs, he stomps cartoonishly up and down the aisles — precarious soup-can displays and lurking dragons be damned.
Make that two brave young men.