Something to Celebrate: Birthday Parties Aren’t For Just Moms Anymore
>Something to Celebrate: Birthday Parties Aren’t For Just Moms Anymore
By Glenn Lawrence Interactive DAD Magazine
Is it happening in your social circles as well?
Are there more dads showing up at kids’ birthday parties, or what?
The other day I was at a party for a 4 year old. And fathers easily outnumbered mothers.
Some of the dads came with more than one child in tow. The fathers I saw were smiling and handling the stresses of parenthood quite admirably. And equally as well as their female counterparts might.
They didn’t seem put out. Or “stuck” taking on this role. They seemed very pleased to be there.
I don’t have any statistics to back me up. But it seems this is something new these days. A new wave of actively involved fathers. It’s my dad instinct telling me so.
Even, say, 10 years ago you would never have seen fathers lugging kids to Gymboree or Chuck E. Cheese for a party blowout. That would’ve been mom’s job. Where might dad have been? Probably anywere but at the party.
Now dads are turning up at these events in record numbers.
The dads I know are doctors, lawyers and other professionals. They are excelling in their careers yet recognize the importance of being at these events with their kids.
Maybe fathers are finally figuring out what moms have known for years: Children are like bank accounts: The more you put into them, the more you get back. And you get back so much more than you ever give. That the payback with the hugs and kisses and wonderful words of thanks make it soooooo worth it.
For as much as it’s nice to see dads, and have some guys to talk to at these parties, it’s also really nice to see both parents show up for the birthday party.
I realize with kids and life going in all sorts of directions that’s not always possible, but when it is it turns into a great social gathering for all involved.
Today’s interactive dads are helping to raise a new generation of fathers. Perhaps what I’m seeing, and maybe you too, will become the norm and not just a new trend.
|Glenn Lawrence is editor of Interactive Dad Magazine, the #1 online parenting and finance magazine for fathers. Offering articles written for today’s dad, and an Ask The Expert segment, the web site is free and updated daily. You can visit Interactive Dad at iDadOnline.com|