Fatherhood is sort of hot these days, huh?
Everywhere you turn there is some new discussion or article or TV report about how ‘stay-at-home-dads’ and ‘modern dads’ and ‘responsible dads’ have finally stepped up into their long shunned roles as equal partners in the parenthood thing.
Nowadays, the vast majority of adults have come to realize that even in the recent past, being a father in America often meant that you earned the main paycheck and maybe took the kids fishing or to a ball game a few times a year. Other than that, Mom did the bulk of the work. And along with that realization, we’ve come to understand that that simply wasn’t enough.
Raising children is tough, demanding work. It’s rewarding as hell, of course, but it’s also exhausting too.
So like pretty much everyone else, I tend to think that this whole Dad Renaissance, or whatever you want to call it, is way late in coming, but welcome nonetheless.
Of course, as times have changed and life has become increasingly complicated and high-tech and compartmentalized, just trying to define one’s expected role as a mom or a dad has also become a much grayer area. There are many types of parents out there doing the best they can with what they’ve got.
Still, if you ask me, I think there are some specific signs that any of us can look at to get an idea of what type of a man a man with children really is.
After all, as we’ve been discovering together lately: it’s one thing to be a father, but it’s an entirely different thing to be a dad…especially a great one.
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