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Equality for dads? Miami Commissioner and his diaper changing dilemma

Men still rule the world and when they encounter a child care concern, watch out -- they can make change happen, literally.

Right here in Miami, Commissioner Frank Carollo  started a mini-revolution and I have to admit it's been entertaining to watch.

Apparently, Carollo proud papa of a 1-year-old discovered diaper changing can be a BIG problem when there's no easy place to do it. So he made a big stink (pun intended) that he wants diaper changing stations in city bathrooms -- lots of them.

Carollo became aware that the city had a problem with lack of stations shortly after his daughter, Briana, was born and became a regular fixture at City Hall. Not only did he discover that the men's room at City Hall had no diaper changing station, he found out that another building that houses city offices faced the same challenge.  "Briana gave me an awareness of what other families are going through," he said.

Of course, with the city, there's always bureaucracy involved. Apparently, the effort to get the stations installed has been going on for some time but became bogged down by red tape. But Carollo shows us just how powerful a dad on a mission can be.

Just this week, Carollo pushed for diaper changing stations in the men's and women's rooms of all 200 city-run facilities and got approval for the city to spend about $45,000 to buy and install them.

Imagine what other dads can do to ease child care concerns and make work/life balance easier if they cared enough to make changes!

I wonder though, what if it was a female commissioner pushing for diaper changing stations. Would she be dismissed as over-reacting or making unnecessary requests? 


Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/02/07/2629910/theres-more-to-living-in-miami.html#storylink=cpy


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I would be very curious to know if the ladies bathroom at City facilities have them? How ironic would it be that men's bathroom have them and women's don't?!


The ladies bathroom comment is outrageous! As it relates to parenting, the unjustified bias towards women and damaging vilification of dads has done a lot of hurt to our children. Funny women want to be equal, but don't want to do equal time sharing with the kids, which itself is evidence of bad parenting.

Kurtis Swisher

I am a single father of a two year old boy. I want to press the issue here in Virginia, but I have no idea where to start if anyone has any suggestions. Please, feel free to share them. I am working on a persuasive paragraph about changing stations in Men's restrooms. I just have no clue where to take it or who to send it to once it's finished.


Cindy Goodman

If I were you Kurtis, I would contact the Miami commissioner's office to find out the language he used.

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