This editorial will appear in Sunday’s print edition.
Warning: You’re in for a sexist ride in this editorial. Sorry, guys.
As doting and devoted as many fathers are, this is Mother’s Day.
To be clear, we’re talking motherhood in the broad sense of the word. Women who don’t have children of their own tend to find nephews and nieces, strays and neighborhood kids, to take under their capacious wings. Mother is as mother does.
If maternity is idealized, it’s because there’s quite a kernel of truth in the ideal.
There’s something fanatical and primal in a mother’s love. If the house is on fire, she’s going to wrestle the firefighters to go after her trapped child. If a bear gets between mom and her cub, watch out, bear.
For their children, mothers make career sacrifices that wouldn’t occur to most men. They shouldn’t have to – the corporate world should be more mother-friendly than it is – but they do.
They lead most of the nation’s PTAs. They do most of the volunteering in schools. Even when dad is a superb father, mom tends to do most of the heavy lifting in caring for the children. That’s no aspersion on fathers who may be spending more time bringing money into the home, but it’s an emotional fact.
The disparity between some men and most women leaps out when fathers and mothers split.
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