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.
Recently on the nightly news, there was a story about “the cinnamon challenge,” a game – if you can call it that – where participants attempt to swallow a tablespoon of cinnamon without water. That’s literally the whole thing.
Of course, like all fun-and-games, it was great until school kids started doing it. You kids ruin everything. And get off my lawn, while you’re at it.
The short story: New York dad Phillip Owens pulls up to a store, hops out of his car to grab something to drink inside the store, and leaves the car …
Entrepreneurs and small business owners are in a unique position where they can not only run a business, but surround themselves with family. For these dudes, hiring their children …
I always appreciate reading articles about fathers being written by mothers. I wonder what it must have been like when the mom-in-the-workplace boom happened, and a bunch of dudes wrote Wall Street Journal articles about moms.
WSJ writer Sue Shellenbarger sticks it to us fathers in her article “Parenting Styles: Dad Challenges, While Mom Calms.” I can’t help but feel like her post needed some counter-points. And since she said she interviewed “several couples” but then only quoted the mothers – I’ve got to speak on behalf of the dudes.
So how’s this one for teaching your kids a lesson about life and money – leave your entire inheritance to your great grandkids.
That’s what Wellington R. Burt did …
(pic source) As a man and a father, I worry sometimes about how I’m seen in public holding and kissing my 2 year old kid. Not because I’m embarrassed to show my son affection – but that I’m afraid someone is going to think I’m a pervert for holding my kid a certain way or accepting my son’s kisses, since the only kisses he knows at his age are innocent kiss-on-the-lips style.
Think about it, fathers – if you’ve still got a kid at a young age, do you show the same affection to your child in public as you do at home? Do you have any fears that people see you as a pervert or a predator? Am I just paranoid?