David Brinkley was sitting near his wife, Alora, recently while she was talking on the phone with a friend. While deep in conversation, the topic turned to the Brinkley’s decision to allow their young children to ‘co-sleep’ with them in the same bed. Alora’s friend couldn’t understand how David was ok with their sleeping arrangement, stating that her husband would never allow it… which got David a little hot under the collar. David took to Facebook to explain his indignation, and the post has been shared over 200,000 times on the social media site and shows no signs of slowing.
Check out David’s awesome perspective and ode to his wife and their family in the post below.
My wife is a best friend kind of woman. She has hours upon hours of long conversations with her friends ALL the time and occasionally I get to hear little pieces. Recently she was talking to a friend and they were talking about this thing called “co-sleeping” and I heard the other person ask ‘doesn’t your husband hate that? My husband would never let me do that.’
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? Making them feel loved and safe?
The thing is that 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?
Being mothers is part of their identity and what’s a year or 3 out of decades of life spent together? I just want to say that I am proud of the decisions my wife makes as a mom and I support every single one of them. I would never want to rob her of this time she has or these seasons that are in reality too short to not enjoy. Please respect your wives as mothers.”
When David’s post started to pick up steam, controversy began to build around his and Alora’s position on co-sleeping. While studies show that co-sleeping does wonders for the health and relationship of the entire family, SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) is a very real reality for many parents and they understandably are strongly against the practice.
Whatever your opinion, you have to respect this beautiful little family for doing what they feel is right. We hope that everyone is able follow their convictions and bring family closer no matter your ultimate method.
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