A stay-at-home mother has gotten an emotional shout-out from her grateful fiancée who says she “works her ass off” to watch their small child while he’s at work.
Dad Tony Emms posted a photo of partner Charlotte Sperry and their toddler sleeping in bed together in their Northumberland, England home, on January 27, captioning it, “I sometimes don’t give this woman the credit she is due. When I come from work she is always “tired,” now it’s me who has been at work doing stuff all day, but lately I’ve been thinking what this amazing woman does while I’m out…surely she just sits with the baby and watches tv and has a chilled day right?” His post been liked nearly 35,000 times and shared more than 13,000 times.
Emms, a manager at a caravan park company, details Sperry’s dizzying day at home from start to finish: “Baby is kicking off cause he is hungry but so is she. She doesn’t eat but baby does. Then sits and plays with him, then [changes] a disgusting nappy, then plays again. He falls asleep. Brilliant mummy can have a nap — no she doesn’t— she does the washing, cleans up baby’s toys and starts washing the pots from the night before. Baby wakes up and is hungry. Mummy hasn’t had breakfast but she still doesn’t eat. She gets baby set for his lunch, after his lunch he then wants attention and plays. Remember mummy still hasn’t eaten. All the cleaning she done earlier is now time wasted as baby’s toys are everywhere.”
Emms acknowledges that when he returns from work he gets “annoyed” that he has to clean up a bit, but Sperry “has worked her ass of all day to make sure the baby is healthy and happy.” He wraps up with this advice: “Respect the mother of your child. She is a special type of human that has given up everything to bring up your baby. I truly love my 2 sleeping babies and they both deserve their rest.”
Facebook commenters have applauded Emms’s gesture. “Being an at-home mom or dad isn’t easy,” wrote one. “It’s just as demanding as any other job!” Others chimed in: “That’s made me emotional” and “Well, I near cried reading that.”
Emms is not the first to go public with appreciation for a stay-at-home parent. Back in April, writer Steven Nelms broke down the value of his wife’s contribution to their family by comparing her day to that of a nanny who works outside the home. Based on the going rates for her tasks, he calculated her potential annual salary at $73,960. And in July, one stay-at-home dad blogged about his exhausting day with two toddlers, writing, “So whomever gets home from work, whether it be the husband or the wife, they have no idea what their spouse has been through during the day.”
A study from the Pew Research Center found that nine in ten of all parents say it matters “a lot” that their significant other views them as a good parent. So give props to your partner for their efforts, big or small.
(Photo: Facebook/Tony Emms)