A Mans Mind: Babysitting or Parenting

Though it’s a commonly used phrase, we must remember to never refer to time spent with your child as babysitting.  A babysitter is defined by Webster’s Dictionary and Thesaurus as “a person who looks after children for short periods of time in the absence of the parents”

Mothers never reference time spent with their children as babysitting but rather “I’m home with the kids.”

You babysit your niece, nephew, and neighbor children, not your child or children.


Richard J. Avdoian, MS, MSW, CSP
Dads Divorce Coach
Located in Metro St. Louis, Richard works men who are in the divorce process and with men who are committed to living healthy lives, enhancing their personal relationships and achieve their goals.  Richard can be reached at Richard@RichardAvdoian.com

Richard Avdoian is an employee development expert who works with businesses and associations committed to recruit, train and retain highly motivated productive employees. He has worked with clients in over forty different industries providing programs and consulting services in the area of personal achievement, teamwork, and customer service.

Richard Avdoian formed TeamWork By Design, a consulting firm in 1995 and he is a nationally recognized speaker who offers keynote speeches, workshops, and executive & business coaching.

In July, 2003 he received the designation of Certified Speaking Professional (C.S.P.) from the National Speakers Association and International Federation for Professional Speakers, the highest earned level of excellence attainable in the industry and a distinction representing the top 10 percent of all members of the profession.

In October, 2006 he was honored by Niagara County Community College and inducted into the Distinguished Alumni Gallery in recognition for his personal and professional accomplishments and community service.

Drawing on his 26 years in private practice as a psychotherapist, Richard founded the Illinois Men’s Institute and Voyager Experience to challenge and inspire individuals to achieve a healthier balance in life, enhance relationships and reach their full potential.

He received his A.A. degree in liberal arts from Niagara County Community College, B.A. degree in sociology & minority studies and master degree in counseling from Niagara University, New York. He also earned a master degree in social work from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.

© Richard J. Avdoian, MS, MSW, CSP (2009)

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One comment on “A Mans Mind: Babysitting or Parenting

    Just because you have visitation…
    It doesn’t mean that you can’t have a great impact in your children’s lives. Always remember it’s about the quality of time that you spend with your children, not the quantity.

    Danny M.
    Documents for Divorce
    “No matter what decision you make, always make it an informed one…”

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