If you are a ‘daddy blogger’ (or, a ‘parent blogger’ in general), you’ve most definitely seen the ads by Huggies that ‘put their diapers and wipes to the test’. If you haven’t seen the video, you can check it out on the Huggies Facebook page here. In short, Huggies decided to ‘put their diapers and wipes to the test’ by having mothers leave the kids with their fathers…
…. by themselves….
…. for five days straight…
At the end of the video, the mother basically rolls her eyes and said, ‘Good luck, babe!’
Needless to say, there were a lot of folks out there that disagreed with the ad campaign, and other folks that said ‘we all need to find a f’ing sense of humor’….
Personally, I didn’t care too much…
1) Any mother that leaves their kid alone with their father for five days straight is asking for a shitload of work when they get back home. Yes, I 100% agree that mothers need a break, and most definitely more than they currently receive today. However, if Huggies wanted to play out the most probable scenario, they would have to record the moment that mom stepped back through the door from her week at the day spa….
Mom: Hi honey! I’m ho… OLY SHIT!! LOOK AT THIS PLACE!!
The scenario is COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY UNREALISTIC, which brings me to….
2) If mom is out on a five day siesta, and dad is home with the kid(s), WHO THE HELL IS ‘BRINGING HOME THE BACON’?! Think about it:
- If both parents are working and it is implied that mom is the only one doing shit around the house, then WHY IN THE HELL WOULD YOU LEAVE THE KID FOR FIVE DAYS WITH DAD?!
- If both parents are NOT working, then nobody gets a damn break; it’s LinkedIn, Monster.com, Job Fairs, networking, and making ends meet… NO
SOUPBREAK FOR YOU!
- If mom/dad is earning an income, and dad/mom is at home with the kids, then YOU ARE BOTH WORKING!! If there is a ‘parenting test’ for the income-earning parent then there should be a concurrent ‘career test’ for the ‘stay-at-home’ parent. At the very least, it would make for a humorous reality TV show… ;)
3) You don’t need FIVE DAYS to test diapers and wipes. That’s ridiculous. You only need ONE day, and a kid that either a) ate a jar of prunes in the morning, or b) has a virus named ‘noro’ or ‘rota’. ‘Testing’ a diaper on a kid with everything nice and regular isn’t really ‘testing’ a diaper. That would be like ‘testing’ a car on a flat, straight road. If you want the ‘real deal’, either feed the kid prunes, or go to Chuck E. Cheese’s late in the day before they sanitize the place and wait 72 hours…
… and for the final reason why I really didn’t care too much Huggies’ ad campaign….
4) Pampers kick the crap out of Huggies. Any astute father about to embark on a five day stint sans mom would save a bit of coin for that week and purchase a box of Pampers.
Happy Father’s Day! :)