David Brinkley reccently shared a photo of his wife Alora sleeping with two of their five children; their baby and two-year-old.
Co-sleeping is a very divided parenting technique, and some critics decided to wade in on the debate under Brinkley’s post, which has now been shared more than 123,000 times.
David explained that Alora was asked by a friend if her husband hated that she co-slept with her children. He wrote:
This blew my mind and has bothered me for days. So I just decided to come out as a man and set a few things straight. I do NOT hate any part of what makes my wife the mother that she is. I would NEVER degrade or disregard anything that she feels like doing for my children. Do I have to squeeze into a small corner of the bed sometimes? Yeah? But my God how beautiful does she look holding my children?
Our wives only experience these little seasons in motherhood for a short time. They carry our babies, they birth them, they nurture them and maybe while they are little they let them crawl into our beds and snuggle. But eventually our babies get bigger they grow up they get "too cool" for snuggles so why would we as men want to steal a single second of this time from them?
Among the many supportive messages, some criticised David's argument, saying co-sleeping can be dangerous.
Alora responded with her own post. She said:
Co sleeping was NOT the point of the post. Just my husband noticing and feeling sad that there are some women out there that feel like they can't be the moms and women they want to be because they don't have the encouragement they should have.
This was a special nap time experience- I laid down to nurse my daughter- my 2 year old son came in to snuggle with his baby sister. My husband supervised this entire experience and made it possible for me to comfortably lay with them both like this as he very lovingly and carefully watched over us. We would never put our children in a dangerous situation and our night time sleeping looks completely different than this.