Jill Duggar's Husband Angers Fans by 'Babysitting' His Own Son

Derick Dillard certainly stepped into it recently. The new dad of Israel, 6 months, posted an adorable "Daddy and Me" photo to Instagram, but he made a major faux pas in the caption -- Jill Dillard's husband said he was babysitting his own child.

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Dillard posted a photo to the social media site and reportedly captioned it, "Babysitting this guy this morning #fathersontime"

His account has since been made private, and we don't blame him, as more than 600 comments rolled in on the photo -- and a lot of them raked him over the coals for saying that he was babysitting Israel.

I have to agree with the critics here, because I firmly believe that words matter, and dads don't babysit -- they parent. Derick may have made an offhand remark that he was taking care of the baby without Jill's help, but why couldn't he just say father-son bonding time, or hanging out with this little guy, or boys-only time today?

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Babysitting is a service, and it is much, much different than being a parent. I don't care how little or how much time a parent spends with his or her child -- it is never considered babysitting, and it's not some big favor that dads do for moms. It's part of their job description.

When a mom works outside of the home, we don't trivialize it and make some asinine comment about making pin money -- we just call it work. It's just what we do. So dads who are watching their own children shouldn't be marginalized as babysitters. They're dads. They're parenting.

 

Image via jillmdillard/Instagram

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