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Development Dads - Home Alone! - Infant

Updated on March 7, 2015

Home Alone!

The Male Child

Have you ever heard the 'half-kidding' reply of "two" when a mother with one child is asked, "How many kids do you have?"

Joke or no joke there is the conception that there are some, probably many, fathers out there who have regressed, at times, to the status of child in their wives' eyes. On the other hand, I know I haven't heard a mother referred to in the same manner by a father. Doesn't mean it hasn't happened, but it must be a rare occurrence.

I remember the first time it happened to me. It was when Taylor and I were home alone one afternoon while Joy was out shopping. During that time, Tay and I decided to camp out in the living room by building a tent out of sheets and blankets draped over the couch and kitchen chairs. We brought in stuffed animals, books, and snacks and had a wonderful time crawling around and reading stories to the wildlife.

When mom came home, she was not upset at the mess we had made; but, she did ask the question, "And what have my children been up to today?"

There you have it. Didn't affect me, however, because I wouldn't have traded that afternoon for anything in the world.

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