Finally! I thought to myself. Someone is getting down to the heart of what parents really need in their lives—someone to buy them pizza after they bring a baby home.
Because really, what more do you need in life than the gift of pizza and perhaps the occasional pizza onesie? Forget the wet wipe samples and someone petition the hospitals to send pizza gift cards home with every new parent.
But as I was perusing through the many pizza-themed offerings and packages that Domino’s is offering, from “Hormonal and Hangry” to “Sleeping Through The Night,” I was shocked when I saw that they were proudly displaying a prominent package near the bottom of their “essentials” page that listed: “Dad’s Babysitting – AKA Mom’s Night Out.”
The “Dad’s Babysitting” package, which costs $30, proclaims to assist apparently hapless father “make dinner as easy as pizza.” You know, because dads are incapable of doing any real parenting.
I have to admit, I thought that surely, the “Dad’s Babysitting” package had to be a joke. Surely, no real employee at Domino’s thought that was a fine idea to market, did they?
I thought by now we had all gotten on the same page that “joking” about dads babysitting their own children was definitely not funny anymore. I mean, it was never particularly funny, but it’s especially unfunny in today’s culture, with more parents working full-time, treating parenting as a shared responsibility, and breaking many types of gender-specific norms—both in their dynamics and family structure.
But nope, the Dad’s Babysitting package is live and there and it’s hard to believe we are still making this same parenting “joke.” And listen, I’m all about Mom’s Night Out and I’m all about making dinner easy, but let’s get one thing straight: assuming that moms are the primary parental figure in charge and responsible for such adult things as healthy dinners is not OK.
I mean, the implication is clear here, right? When Mom’s away, Dad and kids can play. And that’s just downright hurtful and offensive to families everywhere.
Not only is it implying that dads aren’t capable of doing more than keeping a kid alive and ordering pizza—so essentially no more than the 15-year-old who gets a few bucks to babysit—but it’s implying that it’s all basically survival until Mom gets back to her rightful place in the home.