Dad admits raising a preemie is so much harder than being a police officer and professional Muay Thai fighter.

Dustin Johnson, a 10-year veteran police officer and professional Muay Thai fighter has a message for husbands whose wives stay at home to care for their children.

“All my married with children dudes on here listen up,” Johnson wrote in a Facebook post…“After having to be a stay at home parent since February, I got a public service announcement. If you’ve ever given your wife grief about being home with the kid all day while you slaved away at work, you go straight home and apologize.”

The post has been shared over 104,000.

“Professional Muay Thai fighter and 10 year veteran cop …absolutely beat down by fatherhood of a preemie,” he added in the comments on his post. “I’d give my right arm to be able to work 40 hours right now. Work would seem like a vacation lol”

“I’ve been a cop for 10 years and I swear work seems like a vacation compared to how hard this has been,” Johnson told Scary Mommy. “Ivy was born at 26 weeks and was 1.2 pounds. She was very growth restricted and my wife developed severe preeclampsia. It had to be an emergency c-section or I was going to lose both of them.” Ivy spent four months in the NICU before she was released home. Johnson says after her release it “just made more sense for me to stay home with her for us.” His wife, Darcy Johnson, is a clinical scientist and is now back at work while he cares for Ivy.

“I tip my hat to you ladies,” Johnson concluded in his post. “Only a couple months of this has damn near killed me.”

Well that says a lot really doesn’t it? It is not an easy gig at all!

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  • Good message he has sent to other men!


  • So hard looking after a premier goons on his honesty


  • I love him. Down to earth and realised just how tough it really is!


  • Why are men so surprised by this?


  • Well Done Dustin !!! You are honest and agree it is hard being home and caring for a baby full time. They should have a baby area with a change table that Dads can use. There are Dad who are house Dads, widowers too who having difficulty finding somewhere appropriate to change their babies.


  • Wow what a great read! Thank you for speaking out!


  • Certainly not easy but I wouldn’t have it any other way


  • Lovely to hear his story and thanks for speaking out!


  • Good on him for speaking out. Who is going to argue with a professional fighter lol


  • So glad that a strong man admits to how difficult is can be to parent.


  • Definitely not easy being at home raising kids. I’m so thankful that although hubby when’s full time his very hands on with kids when he gets home.


  • I think newborns have the same effect on most dads. I know I’ve seen big burly blokes reduced to tears by fatherhood. So nice to see the parent swap happening, don’t see it much


  • It’s so nice of him to share this message!! :-)


  • Friends of ours do the same, he is stay home daddy while wife works. His biggest issue is going to mothers groups…he is nearly always the only dad. And where he lives they have a mothers room but no parents room for him to take his daughter. I wish there was more support for dads staying home etc.


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