Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all my readers out there who are dads. Is it my imagination or are there more commercials and signs up this year that have positive portrayals of Dads? I saw a commercial last night talking about how wonderful Dads were and hope this is the beginning of change.


Blogger Obi-Wandreas, The Funky Viking said...

It's a case of supply and demand. As the supply dwindles, value increases. In an urban area such as the one in which I teach, fathers are a precious commodity.

8:30 AM, June 20, 2010  
Blogger Bob Sorensen said...

I'm seeing a few more commercials this year. Someone pointed out to me that those are full of tools. Mother's Day, Mom gets pampered. Father's Day? Here are tools, get to work.

10:20 AM, June 20, 2010  
Blogger SFN said...

All I know is I'm the one around here who buys diapers and such and I'll informally boycott companies who get too heavy on the "tested by mom, who know best, everybody else sucks" commercials.

11:03 AM, June 20, 2010  
Blogger Topher said...

Happy Father's Day! And PLEASE continue to be strong fathers that raise good, functional citizens of both genders who treat their neighbors and their paramours with a modicum of dignity.

I believe the emasculation of fathers and masculine parenting has a LOT to do with the myriad social problems we face today.

11:25 AM, June 20, 2010  
Blogger Mmgajera said...

Wish you happy Father's day 2010 and also for all my friends.

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11:43 AM, June 20, 2010  
Blogger Unknown said...

Stormbringer -- Dude, I want tools.

12:59 PM, June 20, 2010  
Blogger tomas said...

Happy Dad Day to fellow dads. I am planning on hanging a door that i have been wanting to put in for a while now, so am glad for a bit of quiet time here to enjoy my own project with tools.

Man Cave... has been growth in this term accepting that men need some of their own space. This is positive move though... as i brought up this week in front of my Rotary club...' remember when Rotary was a 'man cave.' This was accepted with a good number of knowing groans and of course the obligatory warning to 'be careful.' Was fun to press that button, for the reaction no less.

For dads everywhere... there is a special Man Cave on the DIY network tonight about a NASCAR driver honoring and giving a man cave to his dad. Now that is positive in my book. I like the whole fun idea of a man cave amidst this feminized soaked culture... and i am in it somewhere too.

3:03 PM, June 20, 2010  
Blogger Retriever said...

Happy Father's Day to all the dads. Kids can't thrive without them. Well, maybe some families manage without, but I don't know any...

The girls and I have been baking cake, wrapping presents, weeding the garden and I just finished painting the deck furniture for my husband's Father's Day celebration, before he gets back tonight from a trip with our son. He will be pampered with a camera, sweaters, books about spies and WWII, a photographer's vest with seemingly 63 pockets, roast lamb and new potatoes (from the garden) but no tools this year (as I have bought him so many in the last 22 years).

And I slung up the hammock under the deck for him.

3:19 PM, June 20, 2010  
Blogger Dr.D said...

I did hear from all three of my children today, which was good.

I got a very touching card in the mail, and a nice gift certificate from the eldest. The two younger ones did not seem to think it was worth the effort. That is about par for the course. I have yet to figure that part out. The younger ones are 35, so its not a matter of waiting for them to grow up.

11:24 PM, June 20, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The ultimate man cave is a wood working shop that would make Norm Abrams cry like a baby - with a half bath!. One can disappear for days in there.

6:05 AM, June 21, 2010  
Blogger Topher said...

On the US Open broadcast the USGA had a very sentimental ad about boys learning golf from their dads.

7:59 AM, June 21, 2010  
Blogger Larry J said...

Over the weekend, CNN ran a very positive hour long program called Dads for My Daughters about this story. Facing his own mortality following a devasting cancer diagnosis, best selling writer Bruce Feiler assembled six of his close friends to form the "Council of Dads" for his young twin daughters should he not survive. Mr. Feiler wanted to be a part of his daughters' lives but if he couldn't, he wanted strong men that he trusted to be there to take his place, to be his voice to the girls. It was a moving story that not only was without a shred of male bashing, it emphasized the postive power of fatherhood and manhood. This program was one of the best stories I've seen on the news in quite some time. Check you local listings to see if they're going to show it again.

9:42 AM, June 21, 2010  
Blogger Topher said...


That is sweet...all the more reason to back down the financial and lifestyle demands of the American family so you can invest enough time in your friendships you have people you trust to be a surrogate parent to your kids in the event of the unthinkable.

9:55 AM, June 21, 2010  
Blogger TMink said...

Then, this weekend, I see a raft of comments from women who are talking about their being "mom and dad" for their kids.

As if! What a self-serving narrative! I cannot be a mother to my children, that is absurd. And women cannot be fathers, what tripe! There is a gender qualification. Not all men are fathers, but NO woman is. (Switch the gender for an equally true statement before you generate false outrage about sexism. Not that many people currently here would.)

I would lay into them but one of the drama queens is my sister.


10:41 AM, June 21, 2010  
Blogger Topher said...


There's a creepy control-freakishness among some moms today that has displaced the ability of men to father their kids.

That sick "Train Your Man" woman pulls some of that, where she complains her husband is breaching the rules she sets for the kids. As if they are HER kids and he is just along for the rise.

From what I can tell it's widespread in upper middle class society, driven by the neurotic urge to have the "perfect life" image. I coach youth football and I see it there, where a generation ago Dad would say "I want my son to play football" today a lot of moms veto because they don't want their little boy getting knocked around.

11:18 AM, June 21, 2010  
Blogger TMink said...

Yeah Topher, men and women are better parents as a team. I see that with me and my wife, we often compliment each other, one giving grace where the other is judgment. Our perspective together as parents surpasses either perspective alone.


9:29 AM, June 22, 2010  
Blogger Peregrine John said...

It seems true to me as well, that there are more positive fatherly examples shown than recently. Maybe I'm just paying more attention now, but I doubt it.

I hope you all had a wonderful Father's Day, blessed by time with and love from your family.

11:38 AM, June 22, 2010  
Blogger TMink said...

Thanks PJ! Mine was great, one of the best actually.


2:35 PM, June 22, 2010  

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