My husband and I were getting our oil changed at our local car dealership and I was teasing him in front of the receptionist. She asked, “are you with him because you need him or like him?” I responded (probably to quickly) “need him because he does most of the cooking and without him I would starve.” 

And while the above is very true I also kind of like him.

I need him because he cooks every weekend breakfast and most of our dinners.

I like him because he shows up for doctor’s appointments, school conferences, baseball games, practice, and every little thing in between. 

I need him because he keeps our son occupied while I take a shower. 

I like him because he takes care of our son while I am having dinner with my friends. 

I need him on weekends because sometimes my coffee is ready by the time I get downstairs. 

I like him because he takes our son to Penguin games and spends boys’ nights with him.

I need him to clean my car even though it’s more for his pleasure than necessity. 

I like him because he doesn’t judge my coffee and wine consumption. 

I need him because we are a team and try to split most things 50/50. 

I like him because he listens to me vent, hears me when I cry, and supports me when I make decisions. 

I need him to continue to make me laugh until I cry.

I like him because he has had his fair share of messy poop cleanups, sleepless nights, and sick kid cuddles. 

I need him to almost always calm down my crazy.

I like him because he works hard but makes sure he puts his family first. 

I need him to be my best friend.

And I like that what makes him a great husband makes him an even better father. 

Are you team #needhim or #likehim or maybe even #both? 


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Amanda is a new Washington County resident. She and her husband just bought their first home together in the North Strabane area. They are parents to a handsome little man named Lorenzo who will be 6 in August. His smile and energy lights up a room. He just may be the next Pittsburgh Penguin star! She graduated from Point Park University in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Public Relations. Even though her full-time job does not relate to her degree, she is still able to get her creativity out by contributing to Pittsburgh Moms Blog. It has always been her dream to share her own experiences with the world. Amanda is a working mom who is always struggling to balance life. Marriage, motherhood, friendship, and work all very important to her. Trying to maintain a work-life balance is key to her happiness. She hopes to one day inspire women to believe in themselves, stand up for one another, and never take life too seriously.