Portland dad's post about parenting goes viral
PORTLAND, Ore. —
A Portland man has sparked a nationwide conversation about the roles moms and dads play as parents.
Jeremy Martin-Weber posted about his wife leaving on a trip at the Portland International Airport earlier this month.
"Now to figure out who:
- will cook and feed my children, will get them to school on time, will pick out clothes for our youngest to wear ...
Who is going to do all that stuff while their mom is away?
Me. That's who. Because I'm not the babysitter. I'm not just their playmate.
I'm their dad. And looking after them and guiding them and caring for them is my responsibility.
And I love it - with all of its challenges."
Martin-Weber -- a dad of six -- told ABC News he wrote the post because he became frustrated with "inane" comments he had received about parental roles throughout the years.
"People find out he's home with six kids and say things like 'Oh poor Jeremy' or 'How does he do it' or even 'Who is with the kids?'"
His wife, Jessica Martin-Weber, told ABC News she hopes the day will soon come when a post like this won't have a reason to go viral. "Male parents do not deserve more praise because they are male."