Celebrating Father’s Day with my modified Brady Bunch
It’s that time of year again. Yes, it’s summer time. Your son or daughter may be graduating from high school or college. Or if you’re me, two of your sons are getting ready to wrap up Kindergarten and you’re counting down to summer vacation. It also means that Father’s Day is just around the corner (you’re welcome for the reminder).
While Mother’s Day seems to be celebrated as a true holiday, Father’s Day seems to just be another day on the calendar. After all, when you go to the greeting card section of your local grocery store you’ll see signs for “Dads and Grads.” Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. As a man who was raised by a single mom who served as both parents, I firmly believe that women deserve to have their day. Honestly, for all the things moms’ do they deserve to have more than one day a year.
However, I feel that we as dads do our part and also deserve a day. Men wear many hats: provider, confidant, cook, boyfriend/husband, coach, advisor, teacher, friend, chauffeur, son, etc… Some of us lucky ones also have the privilege of owning the title of Dad. Of all the many things that I am, being a dad has to either be my favorite, or at least 1a next to boyfriend/partner. My partner, Shauna and I are both unfortunately divorced, but are incredibly blessed that we were able to find each other in this crazy life (thank you eHarmony).
I am a proud father of a mixed family of six. Yes, I have four children…by choice! My life can be chaotic, but it is also filled with a lot of laughter and love. Isaac is the oldest at age nine, Reese is the only girl at eight years old, and then there are the two little ones, Landon and Aaron, who are both six. Is it always easy? Of course not. However, I have an amazing partner who understands unconditional love of not only me, but our children.
Organically, societal roles have evolved, and both men and woman now share the parenting tasks. Fathers and fatherly roles alike are naturally in a more proactive position to be truly hands-on, more than ever. I’m not saying that the dads of the past weren’t great dads. I’m just saying that gender roles have evolved and no longer is a dad just the provider and disciplinarian. Men are now expected to have a proactive role in parenting, acting as coaches, teachers, and friends. Today, dads equally wear the same hats as mom, and deserve to be celebrated as much as mom does on Mother’s Day.
For all of the work and love we provide, what is our reward on Father’s Day? A tie? A drill? A gift card to Home Depot? What did you get your mom for Mother’s Day? Flowers? Some other plant? A card? I’m sure regardless of the gift you got your mom, you probably put more thought into it. In looking at social media, you can see that Mother’s Day gift conversation was four times more than Father’s Day gift conversation.
Regardless of what I receive, I will love it, because it comes from a place of love. As long as I get to spend time with my family, I’ll have a great Father’s Day. You don’t have to get your father anything elaborate, but this Father’s Day tell your dad, “Thank YOU for everything you do.”
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