Fathers of the world, rejoice! The era of the doltish dad is over. In the early 1990s, wise patriarchs like Cliff Huxtable, Tony Micelli and Steven Keaton began to disappear from the dial, replaced by hyper-incompetent, and sometimes downright mean, dads like Reg Forman of That 70s Show and Ray Barone and his father, Frank, of Everybody Loves Raymond. No more. These days, sensitive single dads and loving family men rule network TV. As someone with a husband whose patience and ease with children regularly puts me to shame, I say it’s about time. Here are five TV dads we love right now.
What we can learn from him: Empathize with your kids but don’t try to be their best friend. They need a parent, not a pal.
What we can learn from him: Staying at home to raise a kid is the toughest job you’ll ever have. It’s okay to screw up sometimes.
What we can learn from him: Respect your child’s decisions and they will respect you back.
What we can learn from him: Kids can teach us all sorts of things, if you let them.
What we can learn from him: Trying hard to be a good parent will get you very close to actually being one.
So-long doltish TV dads. Hello sensitive, loving family men. Network TV is finally giving us real role models and some valuable parenting tips.