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The Dad Vibe

RIP Mr. Mom

** Inspired by the incredible Dad 2.0 Summit in Houston I attended last week, bringing together the nation’s top writers, bloggers, and speakers on Fatherhood. The meeting and networking synergy of the group was sensational, with all participants exuding the obvious positivity and joy of adding to the involved Father movement.

R.I.P Mr. Mom (1983 – 2013)

It is with great joy and excitement that we announced the beautiful death of Mr. Mom.

Born in 1983, Mr. Mom, the proud child of Hollywood and society, was welcomed into a world looking for a new role for the father in the family.

Mr. Mom, aka “the Buffoon”, enjoyed incredible fame in pop culture and advertising, painted as the clueless, out-of-touch dad. This image of fatherhood was seen most recently last year in some unforgettable Huggies ads – coining the now famous phrase, “Put these Diapers to the ULTIMATE test – DAD!!”

Mr. Mom’s role in society changed drastically over his life span. While originally hailed as a parenting “pioneer” and “trailblazer”, Mr. Mom spent most of his early days burning dinners, putting diapers on backwards, and looking for lost marker-tattooed children. However, towards the end of his life, Mr. Mom became seen largely as the “Nick Nolte” of parenting – old, out-dated, serving little purpose, and somewhat gross to look at.

Like 8-track tapes and typewriters, we have happily evolved well beyond Mr. Mom and his overflowing “suddenly pink” laundry. His presence as a bumbling, clueless, dumb dad is no longer accurate or relevant in today’s families. His name only serves to make at-home dads and active, efficient and capable fathers alike cringe.

Mr. Mom is survived by 100 million involved competent dads across Canada, the USA, and the entire world. Notably, his own set of triplets, “Responsible”, “Caring”, and “Involved” have risen to great prominence and importance in families.

The enigmatic Mr. Mom (aka “I hope you find real work soon”), will be sorely missed by no one. No one will celebrate the loss of Mommy’s Little Helper and his death has been dreamt about and prayed for by millions of hardworking loving at-home dads who have CHOSEN to be home to raise their children because that is what works best for their family situation.

“Mr. Mom” is predeceased by his 5 brothers, “Mr. Babysitter”, “Mr. Sissy”, “Mr. Less-than-a-Man”, “Mr. Irresponsible”, and “Mr. Just-giving-Mom-a-Break!”

A viewing of this pathetic corpse is available on request, but skip the sweat pants and bourbon. Just celebrate his timely death with a smile and an “it’s about time!” nod of the head.

In lieu of flowers, please recognize and respect the incredible dads in your circle of influence. R.I.P. Mr. Mom – gone and gladly forgotten.



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About the Author

Jeff Hay… is a Kelowna based writer, motivational speaker, parenting coach, and father of three. Along with writing for Castanet, Jeff also writes for the Huffington Post, the Good Men Project, and the National Fatherhood Initiative in the United States.  When he is not playing his favourite role of “DAD”, Jeff is speaking throughout Canada as a popular parenting educator and working on his website – www.thedadvibe.com and his parenting book for Dads, “Wait Till Your Father Gets Home!” Jeff dedicates his life’s work to improving the well-being of children by increasing the proportion of children growing up with involved, responsible, and committed fathers.

E-mail Jeff your thoughts or questions anytime at [email protected]

 




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