Do you realize that the expectations for being a good dad are completely different now as compared to generations ago? Traditionally, Dads were not expected to emotionally connect with their children, being a good dad simply meant being a breadwinner or a provider for the family.
TODAY, it’s about being a breadwinner and a caretaker. Modern dads build a strong, healthy and close relationship with their children. They are a much more hands-on bunch of caregivers too, and we should be really grateful for that.
Last night, I had a short talk with V and I asked him how fatherhood has changed him. His answer was, “It has changed me in many ways – I’m a happier man and I’m more fulfilled. I’m definitely more responsible now and I’ve no idea how happy our dear son can make me.”
He further commented that being a good dad is not easy, but it’s definitely something that he has to take on seriously. His happiest time is to hang out with Little Edison after a busy day at work.
If he asks me the same question, I think the most obvious change in him is that he is no longer annoyed by little children running and screaming around. When he was a single, he dislikes rowdy, noisy and hyperactive children. His face turned sour when little kids ran around and bumped onto him.
But today, he will smile at them and ask them questions like, “Hi, what’s your name?” or “Be careful boy, do not fall down”. I roll my eyes whenever I hear him engaged in a kiddie conversation with the little children. And of course, I’m happy to see that.
To our always hardworking and committed Daddy V and all the dads as well as dads-to-be out there, I wish all of you a very Happy Father’s Day!