So, for the last twenty years or so, dads have been on decline in tv, movies, and commercials. They have either disappeared altogether like in the commercials run by P&G around Olympic time. They are bumbling idiots like in ‘Malcolm in the Middle’. Or, they are incompetent and always being raged on by their spouses like Raymond in ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’. They really should have called that ‘Everybody Loves Raymond Except for His Wife’. And don’t even get me started on Al Bundy. Ever seen one of those SomeEcards floating around facebook that’s been nice to dads?
There’s a ton of other references, but I’ll save you the time of listing them. Instead, I’m going to say, I love it!
I love that dads aren’t stepping up in tv shows, commercials, and the like. Why? Because it just makes me look AWESOME!
Seriously! This weekend, I whipped up a batch of homemade buttermilk biscuits because I was tired of buying the canned ones. I make pancakes from scratch. I am a wizard in the kitchen when a rotisserie chicken is involved! I don’t buy spaghetti sauce from a jar unless it’s an emergency and I make my own pizzas.
I’m handy. When something breaks around the house, I have the skills and know-how to fix almost anything! Changing light fixtures? Done it. Ceiling fans? BAM. Painting? I’m a decorating fool!
Which brings me to this: I can also create art out of next to nothing! Give me a few minutes in a clearance bin at Pier 1 or in the random aisles at Ross’s and I will come up with something to use to make art. I also painted murals in both of my sons’ rooms. They go from floor to ceiling. And speaking of my sons…
Take care of the kids? Hells yeah! I can whip up a kid-friendly meal in no time flat, replete with menus and placemats. When it comes to diaper changes, NASCAR WISHED their pit crews were as fast as I am. I crawl on the floor. I do puzzles. I build forts out of sheets, chairs, couches etc…
Take care of my wife? I make sure she gets one night a week to go hang out with her friends. No kids. No husband. Just some grown-up time away from the fray. And when both of our sons were babies, who do you think got up with them every single night? Me. Because I wanted to give mama a chance to get some sleep.
I am a veritable Renaissance Man!
And I’m not that special. See, I know hundreds of dads who are out there in the trenches every single day, fighting to keep their family sane, safe, happy, and thriving. And those are just the hundreds who are also blogging about it. In my personal circle, every single dad I know steps up and does his thing. Yeah, some are better at it than others, and face it, I fall down on my face A LOT. For every thing I’m awesome at, there’s a couple more that could use some work. But, the thing is…these dads are THERE. They are involved. They are taking active roles in their kids’ lives.
And that’s something pop culture doesn’t portray very often. And I’m okay with that. Because, for every deadbeat on tv, or absent father in a commercial, or bumbling idiot fumbling around life…there’s a thousand dads who are knocking it out of the park. EACH. AND. EVERY. DAY.
I’m just proud to be one of them.
Dads who cook? I’m good in the kitchen…but this dude is amazing: The Cook at Home Dad
Handy dads helping non-handy dads get handier? Yep, the crew over at dadand bring cool projects and DIY stuff all the time!
Seriously, there is NO lack of places to look and find great dads. I’m going to list off several blogs below, and ALL of them are awesome and deserve serious traffic. Please go and check them out. You won’t find anyone show-boating or trying to make themselves into something they aren’t. They are just real dudes being real dads.
Communities of Dad Bloggers:
These are all men that I deal with on a daily or weekly level. They are all stand-up dudes who are passionate about their families. So, yeah, I don’t really care what Hollywood thinks of me or my life…I know what really matters.