Dads Across America Outed for 'Stealing Sleep' From Moms -- Finally!

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Stay-at-home mothers often get a bad rap, because it's easy to assume being at home with your children full-time is a breeze or doesn't require a break since it's not a "job." That's one of the reasons why we love Dale Partridge and the message this dad has for fathers who "steal" rest from moms every weekend. It's the perfect reminder to never forget your partner and the rest she (or he) likely needs.

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Like many parents, Dale works outside the home (he's a bestselling author and entrepreneur) -- but that doesn't mean this dad forgets about the hard work his wife Veronica does to care for their daughter and home throughout the week.

As Dale says in his Facebook post, "The badge of 'breadwinner' doesn't authorize us to escape our home duties come Saturday and Sunday."

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"She spends all week serving me and the kids. I spend all week serving the bills. Most men think it's a fair trade, but I doubt it," Dale writes. He continues:

.... The luxury of rest is a gift many men steal from their wives each weekend. Remember, the 40-hour work week is a cultural standard, but God tells us to share our wive's burdens and protect her from strain. It's okay to rest, God even commands it, just make sure you're not the only one doing it.

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So true. So so true.

I love Dale's message and the beautiful reminder it is to think about your partner. Parenting and trying to find work/life balance is hard for just about everyone. It's good to take time to recharge your battery (heaven knows moms and dads need it!) and it's important that Dale isn't forgetting his wife on his pursuit to a restful weekend.

This is often the struggle I have, as I feel guilty for wanting to take time for myself. (Shocking, I know.) Even though I'm a work-from-home mom with two tots, I still think about my husband (he's a project engineer) who wakes up early and works long days and needs a break, too. And what's funny is that he's the one who has to remind me to take time for myself throughout the weekend.

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I feel it's so easy to fall into the notion that moms and dads who work outside the home are more "deserving" of extra sleep, when in reality, that couldn't be further than the truth. Just because you don't work outside the home doesn't mean you don't work.

Dale's Facebook post really spoke to my heart. I hope parents will read this and think about their beloved who's doing their best to balance it all. Lord knows we all need a break every now and again.

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