‘Not a babysitter, I’m their dad’ post goes viral

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — “…I’m not the babysitter. I’m not just their playmate. I’m their dad. And looking after them and guiding them and caring for them is my responsibility. And I love it – with all of its challenges….”

That May 9 Facebook post by Jeremy Martin-Weber has now been shared more than 1300 times, featured on ABCNews.com and sparked a bit of a national conversation about the role dads have — and their perceived role — inside families.

But it’s nothing new to Jeremy and his wife of 20 years, Jessica Martin-Weber.

“What (people) say to me is a lot of ‘Wow, he’s staying with the kids.’ or ‘Who’s with the kids when you’re here?’ while I’m traveling for work or at a meeting,” Jessica told KOIN 6 News. “When I say, ‘Well, their father, their dad, the other person I parent with because we’re privileged to be a 2-parent home, that’s something we do. We take that seriously. That’s the job for both of us.”

Jeremy and Jessica Martin-Weber in an undated courtesy photo, May 19, 2017

The couple — Jeremy is 40, Jessica is 39 — have 6 children between the ages of 18 and 5, with another on the way. They run a home business, but about twice a month Jessica travels.

That’s when they get the comments.

Jeremy said he made that Facebook post because he “kind of wanted to beat people to the punchline, because I knew they were coming anyway. … I’m not babysitting. I’m going to just take care of my kids.”

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He decided to do it that day as they were headed to PDX. They were joking about all the comments Jessica was going to hear.

Jeremy Martin-Weber in his Portland home, May 19, 2017 (KOIN)

But Jeremy said he doesn’t need any special praise for taking care of the kids.

“If I were to go out of town for a couple days she would pick up the slack, and actually in our family, because our kids are old enough, we all pick up the…

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