John Legend Wants More Dads To Take On Diaper Duty
In an effort to make the duties of parenting more equal, John Legend is working to have changing tables added to men's bathrooms everywhere.
Having struggled to change his own kids' nappies in public bathrooms, John partnered up with Pampers for their new campaign, which will see changing stations added to 5,000 men's bathrooms across the United States and Canada.
John shares his two children -- 3-year-old daughter Luna and 13-month-old son Miles -- with his wife Chrissy Teigen, and told People that the idea came "from an organic situation".
"Chrissy and I both shared diaper-changing duties with Luna. We really started getting behind the idea of dads having diaper duty and that being a part of co-parenting. Then Pampers and Koala Kare came together to say, ‘You know what? We’re encouraging dads to change diapers and be active parts of the parenting duties, but a lot of times, the facilities aren’t built for that to happen.’"
John went on to note that it "didn't occur to [him]" that fathers were being left out of the conversation when it came to nappy changing until recently.
“I’m glad that we’re highlighting this issue,” he said. “Overall, it’s part of a movement that we recognise [the] duties of parenting and running the house should be shared more equally between partners.”
“We want to make sure that we do our part to make that message heard,” he explained. “I think making the changing stations available is gonna make a difference for a lot of people.”
John went on to note that a lot of fathers often found themselves forced to "improvise" when it came time to change their child's nappy, because the facilities in male bathrooms didn't include a changing station.
“[For me], sometimes it’s on airplanes. A lot of times, they’re not built for it,” he shared. “You just find a spot and you want the kid to be comfortable because some of these spots are hard and uncomfortable, and they’re freaking out.”
“You just wanna get it done in any way possible, by any means necessary,” he finished.
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