Dads Have a Need to be Needed

I haven’t changed a diaper in 18 years. And I kind of miss it.

OK, so maybe I don’t miss the actual changing of diapers, exactly. In the lingo of my day job at Plugged In, diapers are loaded with “Other Negative Content.” I’ve known parents to throw parties when their children have graduated from Pampers and into the brave, new world of flushable toilets. When we put away our changing table, I turned to my wife and said, “Thank goodness we’ll never have need of that again!”

And yet, there was something kinda satisfying about doing a job that my kids really, really needed done and couldn’t do themselves.