We have always been big fans of Dana Glazer and his work with Evolution of Dad. Dana continues to drive change and move the conversation forward for involved fatherhood. I really enjoyed Dana’s latest bit -he shared his perspective on “The Darker side of mommy & me” in The Huffington Post, Let’s Get Rid of MOMMY & ME.
“When it comes to childcare, it really is up to women to allow men into what has previously been their domain and a great place to start is to get rid of the moniker “Mommy and Me.” So, if you are connected with such a class, consider getting the name changed to one that is more welcoming, like “Toddler Time” or “Toddler and Me” — names that include not only dads but grandparents and other caregivers as well. It’s small changes like this that, over the long run, will help alter attitudes and perceptions about our roles as men and women in our society.”
One brief example: At the suggestion of one of our NYC Dads group members, one local venue changed their children’s movie series from “Cine-mamas” to “Cine-mamas & Poppas.”
Dana is certainly onto something here. As he suggests, if you participate in a class at a venue that posts signs “mommy & me” class – why not suggest that they consider dads and other primary caregivers like nannies and grandparents when posting future signs or creating a name for the class?