Being a dad is an amazing and scary thing.
It bothers me that we have seen it cheapened so much over recent years ... you know that TV dads are a pet peeve of mine ... but there's a more serious issue involved ...
I am not sure where to start with this.
It's easy for dads to mess up their kids I think. From being too forceful and even abusive to ignoring their kids and leaving parenting up to the mom.
But then there's more than that. The big story in the 80s and 90s was "deadbeat dads" -- dads who, after a divorce, didn't pay child support nor play an active role in their childrens' lives.
But that has gotten worse. Now, from stories I have read, there is an increasing trend when a child is born out of wedlock for the dad to just disappear ... and the mom doesn't care nor expect anything different. The child was born out of a quick hook-up and no one expected any ties on the dad's part if conception did occur.
That is scary stuff I cannot begin to understand.
Being a dad is serious business. If you're going to be a father, commit to being a dad and doing your best to do it right.
Like I said, hats off today to those active dads and also to those who play the role of dad in someone's life!