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  Weekly Feature (June 20, 2006)

Reflections of Fatherhood on Father's Day



I had a great father who sadly passed away when I was 12. My recollections of him was of a dad who told us family stories every evening, took us on holidays and weekend picnic excursions to the beaches. He was, by all accounts, a wonderful dad who took care of all our financial needs, mentored us, and protected us.

However, I don’t ever remember seeing him changing a diaper, cooking, doing the dishes, or doing any of the other hundreds of household chores—that was the norm then. No self-respecting father would be caught dead changing the baby or doing the family laundry.

Boy! Have things changed! In our liberated world, fathers are expected to take on a lot more of the housework, and many men are confused by this rapid change in circumstances. Some hanker for the good old days of their own dads who could come home, put up their feet, read the newspapers, and expect to be served a delicious hot meal. Others relish the new responsibilities and take a genuine pride in sharing the load.

We are the pioneer generation. We are experiencing the greatest shift in parenting norms since the dawn of time. More than 60% of fathers said they would stay at home to take care of their children if their wives could financially support the family. We laughingly call some of these stay-at-home dads “Mr. Mom”, but these home-makers will be so common that almost every second stay-at-home parent will be male. Father’s Day will be an even greater tribute to the modern dad – to be celebrated on an equal footing with Mother’s Day.

Father’s Day links:

Father's Day - Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia

Rick's Weekly Feature: On Being a Dad 

"If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated, let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right." -- Bill Cosby


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