By Nick Sigur
I think most dads today are grossly undervalued. I count some of these guys as my 21st century heroes.
Most moms are great; but so are most dads. There are some subpar dads and there are, yes, some subpar moms. Let’s be fair. This latest generation of 20 to 30-year-old dads seem particularly good. The ones I know help at home, take the family to church, are faithful to their spouse and God, and work pretty hard in a stress and temptation filled environment. Well done guys.
No doubt there are far too many single parent families, most of them headed by women. There are numerous examples of abandonment and unfaithfulness. Those ladies deserve credit and support. Let’s not forget, however, the men who are doing great.
More than ever before men are taking a fatherhood role with children of other men. Often their roles are part-time and their authority often doesn’t match their responsibility. Well done guys.
Most men come home to households in which mom is as tired as they are; both holding down full-time jobs. The 50’s picture of “where’s my slippers and pipe” is a long dead comic relic. I see dads cooking and cleaning and bringing kids to soccer practice.
Our modern world of gender equality, devaluing of masculinity, and economic stress may be producing an unexpected benefit. Many of the younger couples I see live in more of an equal partnership than was common in my generation. It may not take a village to raise a child, but it sure helps to have a mutually respecting and participating couple.
Moms, you are still mostly pretty great. Dads, I think most of you are greater than ever before.
Of course, us grand and great grandparents are as awesome as ever. Happy Father’s Day everyone, especially my heroes. You know who you are.