Where Will the Future of Dad Take Us?

I just happen to turn on the TV the other night. Partially to watch what is quickly becoming one of my favorite shows on TV, The Biggest Loser. It’s become my favorite show because I am taking a greater look at my health and fitness this year. I have noticed that I not only feel better but strangely, despite expending more energy lifting weights or running, I have more energy to play with my son and soon will add a second child to the mix. So I’ll need all the energy I can get.

As I was watching, there was one team that won the opportunity to see their family. I noticed that one of the dads while on the skype session with his family, was reciting the ABC’s to his kid. It made me start to wonder what does the future of dad hold?

Dads all over have made a push to show just how much we are involved. There isn’t a day that goes by that my inbox doesn’t contain some sort of news story by NBC or Mashable that is related to fatherhood and the amazing things that dads are doing across the world.

But just to show you where dads are headed, there is the National Stay at Home Dad Network and there is even the Dad 2.0 Summit that is held on a yearly basis. Even just 10 years ago, neither of these networks/conferences existed, but don’t quote me on that. These are the sort of groups that are propelling fatherhood in the positive direction.

Quick humble brag, I will be attending the Dad 2.0 Summit in D.C. this year as an Miller Grant recipient. I hope to be able to bring you some great things from the conference.

It is these sort of things along with dad bloggers like myself and many others that are helping to propel fathers into the future. But a future that is uncertain. A future that we look to with the same nervous anticipation that we did the moment we found out that our wife was pregnant.

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Will dads be fighting the uphill battle that we have been fighting over the last decade to prove ourselves as parents? I don’t think so. So much has been done over the last few years that dads are finding their new involved role in the family. They are getting down on the floor and playing board games with their children. They are helping with the dishes or laundry. Dads are doing more around the house. Dads are now being the definition of being a dad. Not that they weren’t before but it wasn’t as prominent.

We are starting to see more and more fathers embrace fatherhood. It isn’t umcommon to see a dad enjoying his time with this children on your Facebook feed. Look at the recent news of Mark Zuckerberg who is taking a stand on what it means to be a dad. He took 2 months paternity leave and he is showing just how involved dads are and can be.

What is sad is that it took someone with Zuckerberg’s status to propel fatherhood into the lime light. Or is it that this is just icing on the cake? Has the dad blogger and other dads made such a statement about the meaning of being a dad that Zuckerberg took note and is doing what the latest “cool” thing is?

It seems that dads have hit a milestone and are starting to be more respected in the family and under the public eye. But what is in store?

Where will the future of dad take us?

Is it fighting for paid paternity leave? Is it to convince someone that dads don’t babysit? Is it to make being a stay at home dad more respected and understood (not that it isn’t already)?

Personally, I am not the one with the answers. I’ll be that dad who continues to be the great father and husband that my wife and son remind me of every single day.

I don’t know where fatherhood going, let alone taking me. I can only hope to see where we are headed as I attend the Dad 2.0 Summit this February in D.C.

The Rookie Dad

The Rookie Dad is father of 2, husband, TV Producer, runner, and co-founder of Dads Round Table and a contributor to Traveling Dad and Good Men Project.

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