I stared at the TV in confusion.
What did she just say?
Did I hear her wrong?
“I need to go wake him up,” she had said in a cutesy voice, “because he’s babysitting this morning.”
It wouldn’t have been so strange. Had she not been talking about her husband. The father of her children.
I was watching that 19 Kids And Counting show and I couldn’t help but roll my eyes at Michelle’s comment. I wanted to shout, “Jim Bob (I’m not kidding, that’s his real name) is not babysitting. He’s taking care of HIS children!”
It’s always been one of my pet peeves when people call a dad watching his offspring babysitting. When Tom watches OUR children? He’s TAKING CARE OF THEM. Like I take care of them. If I want to have a girls night out, I don’t go, “I’ll have to see if my husband can baby-sit the kids.”
Hopefully in the future people will stop referring to fathers as babysitting.
And hopefully Michelle Duggar begins to understand that Jim Bob is also a parent and that he’s not babysitting their bazillion children.
He’s taking care of them.