Ever feel like society is taking one step forward and two steps back when it comes to equality and parenting without judgement? Tua Fa’avale, father of baby girl Tahani, entered the parents room at Queensgate Mall in Lower Hutt to change his three month old’s nappy but, as reported by stuff.co.nz, was told by another parent that he had no right to be in the room as there were women breastfeeding present (in private cubicles).
Judgement from other parents
The news regularly reports on staff from cafes, restaurants and businesses making inappropriate and outdated comments or suggestions about where and how mums can breastfeed. But to cop judgement from another parent about who can and can’t use a PARENTS ROOM really is, as Tua says, “disheartening”.
Unfortunately, judging by some of the comments on the Stuff Facebook page, this is by no means a one-off for dads who are trying to care for their kids.
Just a few bad apples?
However, there is light at the end of the tunnel. The comments overwhelmingly condemn the woman’s comments and are supportive of the dad. Perhaps, we just need to weed out the rotten apples?
Have you, or your partner, ever had a similar issue using a parents room?
This article was written by Julie Scanlon, Editor for Kidspot NZ.
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