Yes, that is me, The Rookie Dad. Doing what dads Today do. That is being a dad! And carrying around my man purse… yeah that is right I said it… my man purse, AKA diaper bag.
I love being a part-time stay-at-home-dad. I would not trade the time that I get to spend with the Rookie on my days off work for anything in the world. I can already feel the bond that the two of us have built. It feels as if that bond is stronger than any sort of glue that you could find.
I believe that bond has turned me into what I like to call the “Modern” dad. TV and movies have given dad’s a persona that we are uninvolved, uncaring, beer-drinking idiots. Those are not true, with the exception of the beer drinking part. The Modern Dad does exactly what I am doing in the picture, being a dad to my child.
I am the type of dad that is involved and active in the Rookie’s life, I always will be. I am not going to sit idly by as he grows up into a man. I want to be there to teach him the type of man that he should be. We are all aware of the studies that dads who are involved in their child’s life give their child a better opportunity to succeed in school and stay away from drugs.
I hope to change the way that people look at dads. I keep getting looks from people when I am out alone with the Kid at Wal-Mart, Target, out running, or where ever I am, as if I am being looked at like I do not know what I am doing. I hate to say it but I do, and there are more dads out there like me who are proving the stereotype wrong. Next time you see a dad who is involved or you see a dad who is struggling to take care of their child give them a hand and tell the dad that you are glad to see them involved. Slowly but surely we can change how dads are perceived!