I couldn't find any hard facts with regard to how the role of "dad" has changed over the years, but from my own experience, dads today are nothing like my dad was 35 years ago. Some of the easy observations are:
- My dad never changed a diaper. Dave changed many.
- My dad didn't cook or do dishes. Dave does both.
- My dad never did laundry. I won't let Dave do laundry.
- My dad didn't help my mom with much of any parental responsibilities. Dave and I truly parent as a team.
- My mom didn't attend to any of the vehicle maintenance. I tend to all of our vehicles. I can even do brakes, change oil, and a myriad of other things!
My point is that we've all come a long way in our evolution as people. Men and women seem to create partnerships, and the lines that delineate our "traditional roles" have surely blurred. Men have really stepped up to be there for their kids and ultimately bettering themselves.
The big winner in this evolution is our kids. There is so much to be gained by our little ones from the different ways men and women parent. It's even more beautiful when men and women marry people they really like and stay together setting an example of what happily married really is.
Do you have a great story about your dad? Share it with us, and let's all pay tibute to "Dear Old Dad!"