In a typical scenario, a mother is required to stay at home for several months during her maternity leave to take care of her newborn. Due to the rising childcare costs, she’ll eventually decide to leave her job, which means the father has to take all the financial responsibilities. Even so, the world has seen a significant rise in the number of stay-at-home dads. If you want to know why, well, every family has a reason.
Regardless if you are a working mom or a stay-at-home dad, it’s never really fair to compare the work your’re doing. If you do, you might regret the consequences. Here is a story to inspire you to appreciate both his and her work.
One day, a man felt unhappy working long hours each day while his wife just stayed at home to take care of their child. He had enough of being the breadwinner of the family. He worked so hard, but at the end of the day, he didn’t get to spend much of what he earned for his personal necessities. As a result, tension was created between him and his wife.
The man then prayed to God to allow him to exchange places with his wife so that she would realize how difficult his life was. “Dear Lord, I go to work every day and put in 8 hours while my wife merely stays at home,” he said. Without hesitations, God granted his wish. But later on, he realized his wife’s life was way harder than what he had ever imagined.
The following day, the man woke up only to find himself trapped in his wife’s body. He did her daily routine. He cooked breakfast, woke up the kids, prepared their school uniform, fed them, packed their lunch, took them to school, went home, picked up the laundry, dropped by the bank to deposit money, bought goods at the grocery, drove home, arranged the groceries, paid all the bills, then balanced the check book.
Just when he thought he was done, he saw dirty dishes piled in kitchen sink. He also noticed the cat’s litter box filled with feces. So he cleaned up everything.
When he checked the clock, it was already 1:00 p.m. It was time to arrange the bed, vacuum the dust, and mop the floor.
When he was through, he had to run to school to fetch the kids. Unfortunately, on the way home, he got into an argument. As soon as he settled it, he quickly drove home.
At home, he prepared cookies and milk for his children. He also helped them do their homework. After that, he set up the iron board and watched TV while ironing the clothes.
And then, it was 4:30 p.m. He started peeling the potatoes, washed the other vegetables, snapped fresh beans, and breaded the pork chops. After eating dinner, he cleaned the kitchen, folded the clothes, bathed the kids, then put them to bed.
At 9:00 p.m., he was very tired. However, his daily chores were not yet done. Still, he went to bed where he was expected to make love without complaining.
The following morning, he woke up and knelt by the bed and said, “Lord, I don’t know what I was thinking. I was so wrong to envy my wife’s being able to stay home all day. Please, oh please, let us trade back.”
“My son, I feel you have learned your lesson, and I will be happy to change things back to the way they were. You’ll just have to wait nine months, though. You got pregnant last night,” the Lord answered.