Gone are the days of dad working all day to come home to a pipe, slippers, and the evening paper while the kids sit waiting for dinner. This generation of fathers and step fathers are “all in” when it comes to child raising. There’s more to a dad these days than little league coach. Men who play an active role in their children’s lives deserve a little recognition.
Whether they are baby-wearing or carpooling, more dads are helping care for families “in the home,” some even full time. According to the US Census Bureau there were 93,000 stay-at-home-dads in the United States in 2000. Fast forward to 2012 and they reported 189,000 stay-at-home-dads and it’s not only moms at “Mommy and Me” anymore!
Dads who work in the home chase kids, hold babies, sing lullabies, clean messes, play taxi driver, and juggle after school schedules. They get stressed out, touched out, and overwhelmed.
These guys need “me time,” too. What does he do for down time? Video games, hunting, fishing, workout, massage?
Stay-at-home-dads aren’t the only awesome ones, though. Many working fathers don’t take a break when they arrive home but dive right in to home life. Cooking, cleaning, and playing with the kids is more than “pitching in,” it’s a part of life with a family. More and more dads share in the sometimes exciting, sometimes mundane activities called life.
My dad was a banker when I was growing up but I don’t remember him saying “no I can’t play with you right now” one time. He would come home from a 12 hour day at the bank and when I said “Daddy let’s have a tea party in the sand box!” he was there, drinking sand tea, like any good dad would. Now that I’m grown up he’s one of my biggest supporters in my business and in my life.
Weekend dads are important, too. Sometimes circumstances arise in which a family lives apart. Trying to pack a week’s worth of time into a weekend can’t be easy. Going from a full house to an empty nest every other week can have an emotional effect, especially if they live miles away.
What can you do for the special man in your life who shares your home, your children, and your life? I’m pretty sure he has enough ties! You could find tickets to his favorite team’s game! Maybe there is a concert coming up he’d like to go to. Send him on a fishing/boating/hunting trip. Slip a massage gift certificate into the stack of homemade cards from the kids. Heck, make him a card yourself! Cutting and painting construction paper sounds fun and he’ll know you’re “thank you” is coming from the heart!