Devoted dad and son!
As a social worker, I have had mothers and fathers both tell me that men aren’t the best parents. If you consider the fact that people aren’t born with these beliefs you have to wonder where they come from. We teach men and women to belief they can never be equal. As long as this belief is alive, women will have a hard time getting Equal Rights and men will have a hard time being considered a good parent.
We have to change the way we think. Proctor & Gamble has run an advertising campaign during the Olympics, “Proud Sponsor Of Moms.” Sadly they don’t show dads as being supportive of the athletes. I am not mad at Proctor & Gamble for making it seem like fathers are not involved. I am not even surprised about it. According to many thing I have seen in the media, I am a “bumbling idiot” that doesn’t know how to change a diaper.
I do know that if we want our children to grow up and feel equality we have to not only teach them but show them. We don’t have to accept what we are shown on television as a truth. We can teach our daughters and sons that equality is good and we have don’t to accept inequality in advertising.
The only reason dad is not in the picture is because he’s taking it!
I am a devoted dad and want to always be known as one. Unfortunately, many advertisements promote gender stereotypes and portray fathers as not present or disinterested. Advertising is just part of a bigger social problem that we have come to accept on inequality. We have to remember that biases do not come from just television. We can see them in print, in schools, at events and online. We are promoting 1950 ideas to our children that dad’s are not interested in their children and moms change all the diapers.
Being a father is a every day thing. I can’t stop being a dad because I feel tired, I am sick, I am working or anything else. I really don’t think the concept is that hard. I am a dad and no matter how the media portrays me I will always be a devoted dad to my son.
5 Things advertising seems to miss about being a devoted dads
- A devoted dad is a person that understands their children are going to make mistakes. We can accept this and not berate them. We can give them guidance and love because they are our children and they are human.
- A devoted dad will get up at 4 am in the morning to make sure their child is ready for practice, school or car pooling.
- A devoted dad will change diapers, give TLC and never criticize for a bad father’s day gift.
- We are there for special occasions, holidays, graduations, first dates, last dates, sporting events and everything in between if possible.
- As a dad we might make mistakes, we might forget things, we might make true blunders but when we do we know we are wrong. We teach our children that being a dad means we are human. Once we have recognized whatever we have done we say we are sorry and we will work harder at being a more devoted dad.
I could say more about what makes a man a great father. I could tell you about not sleeping because you hear a noise or worrying because your child is sick. The point I am making is all men could become great fathers if given chances. We just need to convince the media that they need to give us a chance too.
More devoted dads
I am not the only parent that feels Proctor & Gamble has missed the boat with their most recent advertising campaign
Come on, P&G–Where Are the Dads? – Mr. Dad
Should Dads Be Mad At Procter & Gamble For Sponsoring Moms? – The Real Matt Daddy
P&G, Procter and Gamble, Largely IGNORE Dads in Their Olympics Commercials – Bruce Sallan
Tags: advertising campaign
, daughters and sons
, gender stereotypes
, mothers and fathers