Yesterday, I was walking by a place on Long Island that offered children’s classes as well as daycare. As you can see by the sign above, they specify that their classes are for “Mommy & Me.”
At this stage of my at-home-dad life, I am used to seeing these types of signs, and I know that even though they say “mommy and me”, these places gladly welcome any primary caregiver to join in the fun with their child, whether it be mom, dad, nanny, grandparent, etc. Consequently, the NY Times is catching on to recognizing that more dads want to take an active role in spending time with their kids. Today’s NY Times (July 8, 2009) published an article (thanks John), Who’s That With Baby at the Y? Why, It’s Daddy by Jennifer Lee.
The article begins with “the classes were originally called “Mommy and Baby.” Then men started showing up one by one, infants in tow. A few months ago, the fathers had become so numerous that the Prospect Park Y.M.C.A. on Ninth Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn, changed the class name to “Parent and Baby.” Thanks to the Brooklyn YMCA for seeing this growing trend and incorporating both parents into the mix!
Check out the rest of the article, Who’s That With Baby at the Y? Why, It’s Daddy, by Jennifer Lee. Please share your comments. Dads, are you still the only male in your parent & me classes? Does it make you feel uncomfortable? Moms, do you see more dads in your classes? Does it change the conversations?