Let’s be clear:
You are not “babysitting” when you are watching the child you helped to conceive.
You are not SuperDad when you take that child one damn day a week.
Approximately how much of the kid’s laundry do you do?
How many doctor appointments to you take the kid to? Or schedule? Or even know about?
How much homework are you helping with on a daily basis? Or even a weekly basis?
On how many days off have you gotten up way too early because the child was up and needed food and supervision?
How many thank-you notes do you make the kid write?
How many times do you communicate with the kid’s school and teacher?
How many meals do you cook for your child?
How much time do you spend bathing the child and/or providing clean towels and sheets for the child and/or combing and fixing the child’s hair?
Don’t even get me started on anything to do with impending puberty.
How many nights have you stayed up to care for your sick (or scared or lonely) child?
See, the problem here is one of two things:
1) You truly don’t know what goes into raising a child, and you’ve never bothered to learn
2) You have no problem doing 5% of the work and still claiming to be some kind of hero.
And the worst part of all, is that you are teaching your child that it’s okay for a parent to be this way.
Grow Up, Dammit.