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  •  Thanks for the expression of sympathy (0+ / 0-)

    I've come to terms with my past, in a personal sense, though I'm still a political fighter. :)  I think it's crucial to find those points where we can empathize with each other.

    And I understand about not getting enough sleep.  I have a lifelong sleeping disorder, and until  I discovered the right meds about 9 years ago, I spent a lot of time dragging myself around and making stupid mistakes, and totally misperceiving certain situations. I feel like a whole different person on sleep. :)  Never had kids myself, but I've seen the dark circles around the eyes of many a friend.

    Thanks for the link. I can imagine that it's personally frustrating to find the culture doesn't appreciate male parenting skills, even though the fact that dads are getting more involved with their kids is a really positive thing for both women and men.  But I've also heard from lots of couples that when Dad takes the baby out, he hears a whole lot of praise for what he's doing, while moms are treated like nothing special.  It's a pop culture trope that guys with babies get more babes (even if in real life that's far from the case).  What we need to do is change our ideas about social roles, so that the work of parenting is valued, no matter who is doing it: then both men and women will benefit. Until we change those roles, the commercials are going to showcase domestically incompetent men and the women who serve them....

    "If you fake the funk, your nose will grow." -- Bootsy Collins

    by hepshiba on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 01:13:33 PM PDT

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