He smacked our 23 month old in the back of the head and I was proud of him
Although we've been parents for 6 years, my DH has just started to become one. He has always deferred the children to me and the burden has been awful. I make every decision for them and my husband doesn't so much as give a time out. My older son will hit my husband in the face and my husband will ignore him, so I give him a time out. It's very frustrating. We've been in marriage counseling and it turns out that my husband just has low self esteem and feels I do a better job than he would and doesn't want to be involved. Last night my 23 month old son hit my 6 year old in the face, and my husband said "Hey!" my son did it again. My husband whacked him in the back of the head (not hard) and said "Do it again get a time out" LOL While it certainly isn't how I would handle the situation, I was proud of him for trying. I suspect since he bowed out the last 6 years there may be a bit of a learning curve.