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
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