Anyone who knows me, knows that I've got a big problem with the way dads are treated by most people. After what has been a very long week of less then positive times I went off on a bit of a rant around the fact that I am not a mom. Last night at the gym and this morning as I thought more about it I realized that the tide is turning, but of course not fast enough for me. I think things are going to have to change. I keep hearing stories over and over about men being laid off who begin staying home with the kids. I have no hard data, but this has got to be on the rise in the last 12 months. How many of them will return to an office job? How many of them are now more active then they ever were and no matter what their employment situation will continue to be?
I think this all got to me more then ever yesterday because in the morning I learned of the sudden death of a friends wife (more here if curious). He now has a little girl to raise by himself. He is going to raise that little girl and be the best dad he can be. But, will society ever give him the equal respect of being a parent? I don't know.
Being a father is the hardest and most rewarding thing I do every day. I love it. I've always wanted kids and I wouldn't trade the ones I have for anything. Look at them? They are awesome! *grin*
I talk a lot about finding what you are passionate about. For me I am most passionate about being a Dad.