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Multitasking dad photo goes viral
Doyin Richards thought he was just documenting a busy morning. It was the kind of morning parents of young children are used to -- the kind where one parent is hustling to get out of the house on time and the other is multitasking to make that possible. A photo snapped of Richards in the act of parenting -- a cute picture of dad styling his toddler’s hair while wearing his younger daughter in a baby carrier -- captured the moment perfectly.
So perfectly, in fact, that the image has gone viral -- it's been shared thousands of times on Facebook, and been the subject of news stories everywhere from Today Moms to the Daily Mail. Richards wrote the post on his blog DaddyDoinWork.com and was titled “I Have a Dream: That People Will View a Picture Like This and Not Think It’s a Big Deal." The photo has summoned a wave of emotions in viewers, and while many have praised the Los Angeles dad, not all of the feedback has been positive.
Richards said in his blog post that some people have even emailed him and said his behavior makes other dads “look bad.” He scoffs at the idea. “Memo to the small pocket of male haters I have: Why don’t you put big boy shorts on and get in on the revolution of good fathers? It’s not a good look to tear down dads for doing the work your wives wished you were man enough to do on your own,” he wrote on his blog.
I’m a father of a 2-year-old son and I definitely don’t think Richards is making any fathers look bad; if anything, he’s giving us something to aspire to. It would be wonderful if more dads were open to baby-wearing and sharing household chores with their partners. Richards' Facebook page has a picture of Richards wearing a shirt that says: “Real men don't baby-sit their kids -- they raise them.” I couldn’t agree more.