A question for parents: Have you ever seen or experienced 'daddy privilege'?
Although quite a hetero-normative concept, daddy privilege is a reality for many. Whether you have seen it play out during your childhood, experienced it firsthand in a relationship or have loved ones who are impacted, daddy privilege is alive and thriving.
But what exactly does it mean?
Daddy privilege is essentially when a father is complimented for doing the exact same things mums do all day, every day.
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Perhaps it's dropping the kids off at school or picking them up, making dinner, cleaning the house, reading a bedtime story - anything which is a normal parental duty. But for some unknown reason - men get more praise than women who are so often left to do the parental admin.
And goodness, the daddy hero treatment can be extremely frustrating.
To spotlight the issue, we asked 20 women to share their real-life examples of daddy privilege in action. Here's what they had to say:
"For a while, my husband would take our three, five and seven-year-olds to swimming lessons. Every single week someone different would comment to him about how awesome he was taking three kids to swimming lessons on his own. He hated those comments! Both the inference that it was something he should be incapable of and the fact that he knew no one ever complimented me for taking all three kids anywhere on my own."
"When my husband is taking care of the kids, I often hear from others how nice it is that he is 'babysitting', when in fact he is simply parenting."
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"My own mum tells me how lucky I am to have a husband that supports our family, to give us the lifestyle we have… meanwhile, we both work, our earnings are pretty much on par, and I keep the cogs turning (my husband often jokes that without me, the family would starve). I do think I have an awesome husband but I'm equally as awesome and hardly get any credit from the outside world."