BABYSITTING I AM NOT! I AM A DAD AND I PARENT!
Although this does not happen as much as it used to this week I have had the pleasure of not one dad but 3 dads turn and say to me “your babysitting tonight eh?” with a smile, “isn’t babysitting fun?” with a smile and the last dad turn to me and say “I’m glad I don’t sit them much! I couldn’t handle them all day!” with a smile which the look on my face when he said it must have spoke volumes as he just turned paid for his groceries and left.
There are few sentences in this world that will send my head in to a frenzy like that one. I loathe when a dad or a mom refer to caring for their kids as babysitting.
Oxford Dictionary online defines “babysit” as follows “Look after a child or children while the parents are out“.
If your out with your child or children like myself these 3 times at the park or at the grocery store, you are not babysitting you are the parent! As you can see I was doing a fine job of parenting in the picture!
I do not understand how “babysitting” became part of a parents vocabulary when talking about caring for their children? I can’t imagine saying that about caring for my children, I never have and never will! To me it seems like you have to be or feel removed from them to reference them as such.
Now I have thought that some parents might use it as a joke… not sure why you would? or maybe an ice breaker? To me though this is one of those words put in a sentence that really irritates me to no end. It may be because I am a stay at home dad and I am there for my children every moment they need me and that’s why I take offense to it?
I may be very wrong in how I feel about the word “babysit” and I might be taking it far to personally, but I very rarely and am not even sure if I have ever heard a mom say she is babysitting the kids?