Back in the good old days, parents let children be children. Kids could play outside until the sun went down and they could ride their bike across town. Today people are very protective of their children. And part of the reason is that things are not as safe as they once were. There are more cars, more predators, and more things that can hurt a child than ever before.
Chris Mau, a 33-year-old father of four, knows a thing or two about raising kids. And with an eight-month-old baby named Kali in his brood, he still slings around diapers everywhere he goes.
But during a walk downtown with his fiancé and his three daughters, the youngest began to fuss. Chris understood instinctually that Kali had a dirty diaper. She is one of those babies who like to be clean.
Because they had taken the excursion on foot and were already a mile from home, Chris needed to find somewhere to change his infant. Because a restaurant was near a playground, Chris assumed they would be equipped to handle a diaper change. He had few other options. He strolled his daughter into the men’s room while his fiancé stayed outside and watched over the other girls.
But Chris could not believe what he was forced to do. Because the restaurant was not equipped to support men with babies, he had to put down the paper towel and change his daughter on the dirty restroom floor. He was so outraged that he had been denied the baby-changing station because of his gender, he turned to Facebook when he got home and shared his experience with his friends and family. They could not believe what happened to him either and soon his story went viral.
“I’m getting pretty sick of having to change my daughter on a disgusting floor because the only changing table in the place is located in the women’s bathroom. It’s crazy to imagine, I know, but there are guys who take care of their kids too.”
Chris had grown frustrated with the gender bias and wanted to air his anger on social media. He was heard loud and clear.
“If it’s a public place with public restrooms, in the generation of equality among genders and races, then how about making sure us fathers can change our children’s diapers on a damn changing table as the mothers can? Am I asking too much?”
Chris ended his post with the simple facts of his life.
“My name is Chris Mau, and I’m a 33-year-old father of four to a son and three girls. Kali is the youngest of my four children at eight months old. She’s a bundle of smiles and laughs, and between her mother and myself, she’s turned into a daddy’s girl, always greeting me with the biggest grin and giggles the minute I come home.”
Chris then explained more about how he had to change his “daddy’s girl” on the bathroom floor. No wonder he was outraged.
“Even by the time we made it home I was still angry about the ordeal and made my post on Facebook.”