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Are You A Dad Stereotype?

March 21, 2011

Years ago, a divorce father was a stereotype; hell, even the married father was a stereotype. We were invisible. We cared but didn’t show it during any interactions with our children. The dad stereotype we’ve all come to know – the working man in the tacky tie, the guy lounging in the La-Z-Boy is long gone. Archie Bunker is dead, Al Bundy now has a hot latina wife and stepson, and La-Z-Boy’s latest celebrity spokesperson is Brooke Shields. It’s time we reevaluated our species. But make no mistake; we have a stereotype – we just don’t know what it is yet. Stereotypes take years to form, so to our grandchildren, we will be as easy to spots as our fathers a half-century ago. Here is an attempt to scientifically categorize the modern dad.

  • There are a lot more dads these days. Notice I didn’t say fathers. There’s a difference between the two. Darth Vader said to Luke Skywalker, “I am your father.” He didn’t say “I am your dad.” More guys are no getting their hands dirty. Fifty years ago, Dad handling over a baby with a dirty diaper to Mom was typical. These days, he would be shunned, or possibly stoned with lead-pinned toys.
  • We mimic our offspring in the wild. It used to be that parents and children had different uniforms. That’s no longer the case. Today’s dad is much more likely to dress like his kid than his father.
  • We can fix…your printer. Dad’s aren’t handy the same ways anymore. Show me a V-6 engine, and I’ll show you a confused man. But we’re useful in a 21st-century way. I can’t fix a carburetor, but I can troubleshoot your e-mail problem.
  • More than ever before, we deliver. My grandfather didn’t go to the hospital during my father’s delivery. My father sat in the waiting room when I was born. I held my (then) wife’s leg as our first daughter came in the world. I don’t want to start a firestorm, but this board-certified dadolgst is happy to report that here is such a thing as evolution.

 How many times have we said out loud (or in thought) that are parents are better grandparents than they were parents…evolution. Maya Angelou (Oprah’s friend) says we did what we did until we knew better… At GAI (www.gunwel.com) we are always evolving as tax law changes continually. Our job is to be the best tax preparers, bookkeepers, payroll specialist and business consultants you’ve ever met. We are there for you as we talk the tax…We are open Monday through Friday from 8am to 8pm and Saturdays from 8am to 5pm. Give us a call at 212-979-6830 or stop by for a visit as we are curious how your dad or “father” stacks up. See you soon!

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