Mom vs. Dad


My husband and I have different views on what a “day in the life” looks like. When I am around, things look a lot different than when my husband is flying solo. I was away from home recently for work and started thinking about what my husband and I do differently.


*This is a typical day in a universe where everything goes to plan. I try. 

  • Does the best she can with getting everyone up on time.
  • Prepares a healthy breakfast.
  • Brushes hair, teeth, helps get everyone dressed.
  • Makes sure kid has vitamins and clean hands.
  • Plays music or talks to kid on the way to school.
  • Tries to get kid to school on time.
  • Has a fun activity planned for after school.
  • Prepares a healthy dinner and small dessert.
  • Gives kid a bath (washes hair and face).
  • Gets kid to bed at a normal bedtime to ensure a reasonable amount of sleep to do it all again the next day. 


*This is a typical day when Dad is in charge. 

  • Lets kid sleep until she wakes up.
  • Does not brush hair or teeth. Kid may or may not have shoes on.
  • Takes kid to fast food restaurant or out for donuts.
  • What are vitamins?
  • Gives kid his phone on the way to school. Listens to hair metal.
  • Gets kid to school an hour late.
  • Lets kid play on phone after school.
  • Orders fast food for dinner. Lets kid eat on the couch while watching television.
  • Gives kid two chocolate chip cookies the size of her head.
  • Gives a bath. No hair washing. Chocolate still caked on her face for bedtime.
  • Lets kid stay up watching television in bed until she falls asleep. 

Which Do You Think the Kid Prefers?

If you said BOTH, you are correct!

I think that even though my husband and I have very different ways of doing things, we balance each other out. My daughter enjoys the time she spends with her dad and it gives him a chance to spoil her a little. My daughter also enjoys the time she spends with me.

Bottom line – we are all doing the best we can, so even if your “day in the life” looks more like DAD every day – go for it. You do you. I think the most important thing we can do is love on our children and balance out fast food with healthy food; staying up late with plenty of rest. 

What does your “day in the life” look like?

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Valerie Byrd Fort was born in Florida, but when she was four years old, her family moved to the midlands and never looked back. She is mom to Katy (human) and to Lucky, Mozzy, and Penny (rescue dogs). She is married to Marty Fort, owner of the Lexington School of Music, Columbia Arts Academy, and Irmo Music Academy. She is an Instructor for the School of Library & Information Science at the University of South Carolina, where she teaches Children’s Literature to future classroom teachers and librarians. She is also Coordinator for Cocky's Reading Express, the University of South Carolina's literacy outreach program. Valerie is passionate about books, literacy, libraries, and reading aloud with children of ALL ages. She writes about books and other literacy related topics on her blog, Library Goddess. In her free time, Valerie enjoys reading, Barre3, going to Target and endless scrolling of social media  


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