Tonight I got a glimpse of what is wrong with our world. Just a glimpse at how twisted our priorities can be when it comes to our family. It was enough of a glimpse to make me angry....extremely angry!!! So I need to step up on the soapbox for just a few minutes.
You see a friend was publicly criticized for his choice to take 3 days away from his job to be with his wife during the birth of their first child. Just 3 days to be there for one of the most important occasions of his life.
Two different sports radio hosts took issue with his choice because he's a major league baseball player and his baby was born on Opening Day.
In their minds, playing a game with a bat and a ball is more important than being there to bond with your son during his first days of life. Mike Francesa of WFAN said " One day, go see the baby be born and come back. You're a Major League Baseball player. You can hire a nurse to take care of the baby if your wife needs help".
If that wasn't bad enough, Boomer Esiason said that he should have insisted his wife “have a C-section before the season starts. I need to be at Opening Day, I’m sorry." I'd like to hear what Boomer's wife would say about that comment.
You're criticizing a man for choosing to be a good husband and father first and a baseball player second? Really? What would happen in our world if more men labeled themselves as husbands & fathers who just happen to be doctors or businessmen or professional athletes?
It's time for father's who put their families first to be encouraged, not criticized. They understand the importance of their role in the family. They also understand that it doesn't matter what you get paid to do in this life, being a father is your most important job.
So to Mike & Boomer, I would like to say that you are so wrong for criticizing this man for showing real love to his wife and son. The kind of love that will last far beyond his baseball career. The kind of love that shows his wife that he loves her more than baseball. The kind of love that every child needs from their dad.
Ok, stepping down off the soapbox now.....it's your turn. Let me know your thoughts.
Tonight I had the opportunity to go to a screening of the movie "Mom's Night Out". I was so happy that my friend Priscilla was able to go with me. After watching the trailer of the movie, I knew she had to come with me!! As a mom of 5, I knew she could appreciate the need for a night out. Plus we both have an appreciation for the art of sarcastic humor.
Mom's Night Out centers around a mom named Allyson who is stressed out, exhausted and in need of a night out with her friends who are in the same stressed out state. Her best friend Izzy is dealing with a husband who is afraid to be left alone with their twins. Her friend Sondra is the pastor's wife dealing with the challenges of a teenage daughter. All they want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and adult conversation. In order to enjoy their night out, they need their husbands to watch the kids for three hours. Just a few hours so they can unplug and breathe.....what could go wrong?
Watch this trailer and you'll get a glimpse of the chaos that ensues during those few hours......http://ow.ly/vjMSL
This movie had me laughing so hard that I was crying and almost peed my pants....(I'm sure moms out there understand that extra special bonus of motherhood). Amidst all of the humor, there were some serious moments as well.
Some real honest acknowledgement that motherhood is crazy hard and that many days we feel like we've failed our kids, our husband, our friends and God. We don't like ourselves and sometimes we don't like our children either. We beat ourselves up and don't feel like we're the right person for the job. But the one thing that we must realize is that God has given each of us the children that we have.
He's chosen you to be their mom because you are the best person for that job. Stop beating yourself up for not being the perfect mom. Instead enjoy the beautiful mess of being a mom to the children under your roof.
As moms we can all use a night out with friends to have some fun and adult conversation. I highly recommend taking the time to go see Mom's Night Out. It's a great, clean, family-friendly movie. You could take the whole family, but I recommend making it a girl's night!!!
Mom's Night Out opens May 9th....just in time for Mother's Day. Get your friends together and go see it.
I am a Christian, a wife, a mom, a VBS crafter, a coupon clipper, a thrift store shopper, a football fan, a cook, a student of the Bible and an avid reader.