The Daily Mail is reporting that the United Kingdom is seeing a boom in stay-at-home fathers, partially due to a recent recession in the country.
In fact, a record 10% of men now care for their children, according to the Office for National Statistics. Stay-at-home fathers are at their highest level since statistics for the segment started being collected in 1993.
So there’s this movie that ended up defining a generation of dads, called Mr. Mom. It glorified the buffoon father – one who was so entrenched in work that if he were required to spend any time at home with his own children, he’d end up covered in baby feces and lighting dinner on fire.
Begrudgingly, fathers yes deared through the image of the buffoon father for some years, then fought it. And all that happened in a really short timeframe. Now, evidently, the Mr. Mom image is dead. Just like that. Just. Like. That.
Sadly, though, it’s not as easy as saying that the image is dead – not even if The Wall Street Journal says it – which they sure did. And not even if The Huffington Post does a eulogy for it, which they did.