Don’t you just love taking your child to the doctor? I mean, any doctor – pediatrician, optometrist, dentist. They all have this wonderful way of making you feel like the worst parent on earth, don’t they?
I don’t know about you, but I think there is nothing more thrilling than that very first moment you sit down with the forms the doctor hands you, going over the checkboxes, and seeing “Mom Works” rated as a negative item if you check it off. Never mind that dad stays home with the child(ren) – men can’t possibly parent them correctly. How do I know that? I know that because when the optometrist asked my husband who The Boy’s primary care physician is, my Devastatingly Hunky Man could not answer. Awful, isn’t it? Such a travesty!
Fortunately, I had provided that information on the paperwork I gave my husband to turn in at the appointment. Unfortunately, they neglected to read the paperwork. Tsk. Shame on my husband for not knowing things off the top of his head.
But let’s get back to the negative of mom working, shall we? Yes, I just love that little bit of goodness when I go to The Girl’s pediatrician and fill out the form for her annual check-up. “Mom Works.” Because, you know, dad should work and mom should stay home. Dads are incompetent. All they do is contribute a little semen and *BAM!* Baby! After that, it’s up to mom to make sure the child is not screwed up in any way.
Certainly, you should never, ever allow a child’s step-parent to bring them to a medical appointment, because that is even more violently against the natural order of things.
Do I sound bitter about how working mothers and stay-at-home-dads are treated by medical professionals? Surely not…