optional prompt: about the dads!
It is Father's Day in Australia. I had no idea that other countries had a holiday for dads. I thought that was just an American thing. We do love our holidays, if the greeting card companies are any indication.
The definition of a good father has certainly changed over the years. From just being a provider and protector but not much else, a dad these days is seen as an equal parent. It used to be that the dad left all the child-rearing to the mom; not anymore. Today you are just as likely to see dads walking with strollers as you are a mother. You are just as likely to have a dad show up for the parent-teacher conference, too.
Dads seem to be more defensive about their child's behavior than mothers. I know that when my husband and I are at conferences for my son, Larry wants to make excuses for why Zane does what he does, and he expects the teachers to make accommodations accordingly. I don't always think that is a good idea. Larry seems to expect the world to learn to fit Zane, instead of Zane finding his own place in the world. If Larry could he would 'give' the world to his son.
I guess that is a new definition of a good father.
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