One of the most goofy/funny/poignant songs I’ve heard recently is the “Man or Muppet” song in the new Muppets movie:
I think a lot of wisdom can be found in this song though. If you look at the average man, he’s more of a boy-man than a man. Both my brothers are living a perpetual adolescence, despite having real world responsibilities. Many other married fathers I interact with professionally act this way as well. These types of men would still play massive amounts of video games, go on pub crawls, stay out until bar time frequently, oftentimes prioritize baseball/football games with drunken friends over family time and generally act like slightly more mature versions of their high school or college selves.
They perpetually run from responsibility. They rely on others to clean up after them. They rely on others to tell them what to do. They are in many ways children. They’re not men, they’re all Muppets of a man.
Many women would be happier, and men more satisfied with themselves if they honestly answered this simple question and behaved accordingly:
“Is this how a man would behave, or a child behaves?” For example:
- Playing video games more than maybe an hour at a time a few days a week – child
- Rebuilding a car – man
- Asking to play with friends – child
- Checking schedule for conflicts, then making plans (no permission asked) – man
- Asking “what’s for dinner?” Or “what do you want for dinner?” – child
- Learning to play a musical instrument of their own accord – man
- Making a mess and not cleaning it up – child
- Doing things for the good of the unit, even at their own sacrifice – man
- Eating junk food, drinking soda – child
- Farting out loud, laughing – man and child (and Holly 🙂 ) [just checking to see if you were paying attention]
- Whining and pouting if you don’t get what you want – child
- Fishing for compliments – child
- Starting a project and finishing it without being asked – man
I’m not telling you male readers to “Man Up!”, I’m merely saying stop acting like a child and you’ll command more respect in your house, set an example for your kids to follow and create a void in the household dynamics allowing your wife to be less “in charge”. By minimizing the woman’s responsibility to take care of another child (man-child), by default it elevates you as more of a man in her eyes, one that she can depend on and lean on for strength especially in the often trying realm of parenthood.
So you need to decide: Are you a man, or are you a Muppet of a man?