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Woman hits back after husband’s ‘bare minimum’ parenting gets praised

Woman hits back after husband’s ‘bare minimum’ parenting gets praised

The mum has hit out at the double standards

A mum has taken to TikTok to vent after her husband was praised by strangers - for simply taking them with him to do the grocery shop.

Emily Belson's rant has gained over 100,000 views online and drawn a range of responses.

In the video, Belson said: "My husband just got home from the grocery store; he took both boys, they're 1 and 2.

"Three people stopped him to tell him what a great dad he was for taking them to the store."

"Do you know how many times I've taken both of my kids to the grocery store, to literally everywhere? A million. How many people have stopped me to say I'm a great mom?


The Maryland-based mum topped off her video with the caption 'Gold star apparently. #bareminimum.'

Other mums chimed in with the compliments their hubbies receive on a regular basis including: "Oh my, you have your hands full," "Does he change diapers?'" and "He's such an amazing dad!"

Emily Belson took to TikTok to share her opinion after her husband's trip to the grocery store.

Talking to the Today show, Belson said: "Three women — two older and one in her mid-30s — stopped him in the produce department and in the check-out line.

"They said what a great job he was doing and that he was a great dad."

"There is a stereotype that both women and men tend to reinforce, which is that women are naturally better at raising children than men."

Belson's own husband described the comments as 'nice but ridiculous'.

Because of these expectations, Belson said she found motherhood to be an isolating experience at times.

"Once, I was at Target carrying my screaming toddler and pushing my crying baby in the stroller," Belson recalled, "An older couple meandered by and said, ‘Cherish every moment. It goes by so fast. You’ll miss this!’"

With this in mind, she goes out of her way to help mothers she sees in public.

Emily Belson questioned why dads got praised for doing the bare minimum.

Belson said: "If I have the time and ability to go out of my way, I will grab something (they can't reach) at the store, open a door or return their shopping cart.

"I'd like to tell moms they are doing a great job."

Francyne Zeltser, the clinical director of psychology, training and special projects at Manhattan Psychology Group told Today: "Domestic responsibilities, especially when specific to childcare, still belong to women in many households.

"Even when labor isn't physical, someone — usually the mom — has to plan and coordinate dinner, school pickup and birthdays."

Featured Image Credit: TikTok/emily.belson

Topics: TikTok, Parenting