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O.k. people, we need to talk! Now, if you know me (and I understand that most of you don’t), you know that it is VERY rare that I ever feel the need to come to my husband's defense. Whenever I see the battles that take place on his page, and I read the rather colorful comments from some really “passionate” readers, I often laugh cause as everyone knows, and as I say to him myself, If you’re going to make your controversial bed, then you’re going to have to lay in it with a bunch of angry women. So I don’t often feel bad for him when he gets attacked. Besides, you ladies have NOTHING on me and my wrath when I get pissed off, and at the moment, I’m pretty pissed off. Not at my husband however, but at some (and before you take this as an attack on everyone, please note that I said SOME) people who feel the need to take their anger to a new level by not only using ignorant four letter words (I’m specifically referring to the “c” word which I absolutely HATE), but at their need to direct those words and thoughts towards ME. I mean really? What the hell did I do? If you know me (and again, I understand that most of you don’t) you know that I am a HUGE fan of those colorful four letter words, and you also know that I’m not afraid to use them. So sit the f**k down and listen.

But let’s back up a little bit. Let’s start with the reason that SOME of you have gotten your overworked uteri into a giant huff: Mr. Fodder’s most recent blog post, "An Open Letter to First-Time Mothers. Yes, I read it and I’ll be completely honest here without showing any bias towards my husband or his fans. (Ok, maybe a little biased towards my husband, but I don’t have to sleep with any of you, so you can’t really blame me).

I was about a paragraph and a half into reading his blog when my eyes began to roll. “Oh God Adam, here we go. This is not going to go over well at all.” I mean, with the amount of women who follow your page, you’re bound to have a few hundred at any given time who are on their period (and yes, because I’m a woman, I can say that.) and they are going to want to tear your head off. Now before you get all pissy at me for that comment, let me make sure that you understand my jovial personality… Of course I don’t think that your period turned some of you into evil bitches, but I was being generic and trying to make a point, which is EXACTLY what my husband was trying to do. (Besides, I’m sure that SOME of you are bitches on or OFF your period so your menstrual cycle pales in comparison to your MENTAL one). Adam wasn’t personally attacking ALL first time mothers. He was drawing attention to a TYPE of first time mother. A type that we ALL know exists. Hell, I have more friends who fall under this category of mother than I do who don’t! It’s a fact. It happens. And while I know that there are SOME of us who are nothing at all like this type of mother, there are also SOME of us who are and THAT’S who Adam was talking to!! And I’ll tell ya something, the truth often stings, especially when it’s not such a pretty picture. So when you hear that kind of stuff about yourself and it’s true, your first instinct is to attack.

That’s not to say that those of you who were upset didn’t have any decent valuable points, because you did. In fact, I agreed with many of the negative opinions. You have every right to give your opinion on the matter and on the blog, and there were quite a few of you who did it with respect and class. But ladies, a LOT of you went about it the wrong way. Allow me to be the first person to “warn” you about a certain personality trait that my dear husband possesses. (Under most circumstances, it’s his worst). Trying to get a “reaction” out of him using vim and vigor, will only get you the opposite reaction you want and believe me when I tell you that it will cause frustration. If you tell him to go right, he’ll go left simply BECAUSE you told him to go right. If you tell him to jump, he won’t just sit down, but he’ll dig a hole to china simply because he knows that all you want him to do is jump. Adam is the kind of person that if you tell him to shut up, he’ll keep talking. Not because he wants to fight back, but because you told him to shut up. And the sucky part is, that he’s SMART and unlike me, doesn’t need four letter words to make his point. Nine times out of 10, he thinks before he talks and he always has an angle and a reason for saying what he says. I’m sure many of you can attest to the fact that arguing with a smart person (or smart ass in many cases), is the most frustrating thing in the world.

But really, think about this logically. This is a man who has dedicated his life and his livelihood to his children and parental education and awareness. You don’t think Adam recognizes the plight of the single mom? The hardships of the woman who had her baby as a teenager and didn’t have a man there to be “a man”? The difficulties a woman who deals with “troubled” pregnancies and complications faces? The overwhelming abundance of stress placed on a first time mother who hasn’t the slightest clue how she is going to do this thing called parenting without a proper co-parent (whether absent in actuality or absent in mind) to help them cope? Really? You don’t think he gets that?!?! Why the hell do you think he does what he does? It’s BECAUSE he gets it. It’s because he knows the importance of having a strong father figure in a child’s life. It’s BECAUSE he wants to open up the closed minds- the ones that believe that a father is a sperm donor and nothing more. There are so many women out there that don’t have the luxury of having a father (and or husband) like the one I am fortunate enough to have. One who dedicates his life to his children and one who recognizes the importance of fatherhood. But just because he pushes the agenda of an involved father, doesn’t mean he doesn’t “get” the life of a family without one! Believe me, this is a guy whose OWN father is a useless excuse for a human being. Whose mother pretty much raised him and his three brothers solo. Whose only wish is to emulate the opposite example his own father set for him. Trust me moms (and Dad’s), this is a guy that you want on your side.

Now in defense of the people who took offense to my husband’s blog, I get it. I really do. To read that first-time moms are attention whores who only care about themselves is really tough to read (especially if you ARE one). To read that we are know-it-all’s who think that men are the “lesser” of the two when it comes to parenting is unfair. There are many of us who work our asses off to be good parents to our kids whether the men have failed or succeeded as a parent or not. Adam will be the first person to admit that I am NOT one of those women that he was referring to in his blog (which is why I wasn’t in the least bit offended) and it is VERY possible that you are not one of those women either. Yes, he was making a generalization and categorizing a certain “type” of first time mom that we ALL know exists. But I can understand how at first glance, it seemed as though he was attacking all first times moms. Read it again, then go back and read his other blogs, and his other Facebook posts and ANYTHING he has ever written. After doing that, you’ll know this to be true: Mr. Fodder is a smart (ass), intelligent, super involved father, whose only desire is to entertain, encourage, educate and of course stir the pot every now and then (which we can all agree he does very well).
So while I appreciate your condolences, please, don’t feel bad for me for having to be married to such a horrible man. Or better yet, if you’re going to feel bad for me, let it be for the fact that he snores like a chainsaw, has over 50 plaid button-up shirts and leaves his toe-nail clippings on the side table. Because under any other circumstance, I am one lucky Mother-fodder!

Oh, and one more thing; to Lydia, the woman who called me a C**T. Seriously, what is the matter with you? I wasn’t the one who pissed you off in that post. You’re welcome to call my husband a d**k, but you don’t even know anything about me and my views! I mean, it would be like me calling you a vile, ignorant, worthless excuse for a human being – and I would never do that. ;-)  

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What Exactly is "Women's Work??"

June Cleaver, The Quintessential 1950's MomThis post is inspired by a fan question that I read on my husband’s page Facebook today. Some might think that I would have been extremely offended by the question, (Check out the Fodder 4 Fathers page on Facebook to read it), but I wasn’t. It made me laugh. There are obviously people out there who still believe that we live in the 50’s. They wondered why my husband does all the “tucking in” before bed, and why he is the one who takes the kids to school every morning – you know – the “woman’s work”. HA!! I’m sorry, but what exactly is “woman’s work”? You see, in my house, THIS woman wakes up every morning at 4am to go to work. THIS woman works from 5am – 11:45am. THIS woman then picks up her kids at school. THIS woman then takes them home, feeds them and puts them down for a nap. Two days a week, THIS woman goes from her first job that ends at 11:45 to her SECOND job where she teaches until 4:30. This woman then picks up her kids, heads home and spends time with her kids before her husband (The man of the house) comes home. THIS woman, is also in charge of laying out her kids clothes for the morning and bathing them every night. THIS woman is doing a S**T load of what I call “woman’s work”.

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The Name Game - Should Kids Get Mom or Dad's Last Name?

Q. Dear Mrs. Fodder: If you choose to keep your maiden name, should your children take your last name or your husband's?

A. When my older sister got married, she decided that she wanted to keep her maiden name. This was over 10 years ago, and back then, at least to the people I knew, if you kept your last name after marriage you were considered to be making a feminist statement. I asked my sister why she wasn’t going to change her name and she told me that just because she’s married doesn’t mean she’s still not herself. I got it. I mean, her name is her name and it’s the one she got from my parents, so why change it, right? I guess? But where it gets a little more difficult is when children come into play.

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Playing Favorites - Can a Parent Like One Child Better? (Guest Post)

Outtake from "Twins" (1988)Article by Angie B. a.k.a.

Growing up I constantly gave my mom shit for favoring my brother. Whenever he would walk in the room, her eyes would light up and she would screech his name with delight.  I wanted to puke.  I don’t remember being overly jealous, just disgusted by this bond they seem to have, it was like they had a secret hand shake that I wasn’t in on. Fast forward to the present day and I have four boys of my own.  Do I have a favorite? Do most parents have a favorite?  I think we do.

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A Mother's Moment - Realizing What's Most Important

In our day to day life we tend to get bogged down with just that – the day-to-day. Have you ever opened your eyes on a Friday and wondered where the week has gone? I know I have. There are times when I can’t even remember what happened the day before because I’m so concerned with what’s happening tomorrow. When our daughter was born I remember my parents and my friends with children telling me to enjoy every minute because it goes by so fast, but when you’re in the thick of it, you can’t really see it, right? When you’re spending all your money on diapers and daycare, you often ask yourself: "how much longer can this go on?"

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