Monday, October 14, 2013

Is This a Sweet Message or a Guilt Trip?

I'm a bit late to this, but I came across an adorable video of a 2-year-old girl leaving a birthday message for her working mom.

I'm the parent of a 2-year-old myself, so this really tugs at the heart strings. But some people have objected to the part where the girl talks about the mom's long hours ("You work so hard, and I miss you when you're gone"), criticizing the dad for not editing out that part of the video.

I see their point, but I think all working parents — men and women — appreciate being told that they're missed. I doubt the stay-at-home dad was trying to guilt-trip his wife and/or reinforce the patriarchy.

Still, I can't imagine any of my kids ever acknowledging how hard I work. That would be weird.