Is Today’s Dad a Wimp and a Slacker?

In a column called “Meet Today’s Dad: A model to avoid” (National Review Online , 6/16/04), Catherine Seipp describes the modern dad as being “a guy whose wife slaves away at an office job so dreamy artistic dad can pursue his dreamy artistic dreams” and who feels that he “deserves a medal for [doing] what women do as a matter of course.” Seipp, media critic for Los Angeles City Beat, notes:

“To borrow Samuel Johnson’s observation about women preachers, seeing a man take care of children is sometimes like seeing a dog walk on its hind legs: It is not done well, but you are surprised to see it done at all…while Today’s Dad is certainly involved in his children’s lives, his childcare skills aren’t always quite as honed as he imagines.

“Men in charge of small children are like women and parallel parking: Attention must be paid or something’s going to get dented… Today’s Dad is a character who is galling…”

Catherine Seipp will join Glenn in studio on His Side with Glenn Sacks on Sunday, July 25 at 9 PM PST. Also joining Glenn will be humorist Bruce Stockler, a former joke writer for Jay Leno and the author of I Sleep at Red Lights: A True Story of Life After Triplets.

To call the show and join the discussion in progress, call 1-800-770-1540.

To learn more, see:

1) Catherine Seipp’s Meet Today’s Dad: A Model to Avoid (National Review Online, 6/16/04).
2) Glenn’s columns Stay-at-Home Dads: A Practical Solution to the Career Woman’s Dilemma (Newsday, 5/22/02), The Price of Fatherhood–a Father’s Reply to Ann Crittenden’s Mothers’ Manifesto’ (Los Angeles Daily Journal, San Francisco Daily Journal, 1/10/02), Dowd on Women and the ‘Baby Bust’: It’s All Men’s Fault (Cybercast News Service, 4/18/02), and Indiana Woman’s ‘Housework Strike’: Maybe It’s Husbands Who Should Strike (Gary Post-Tribune, 11/8/02) (co-authored by shared parenting advocate Dianna Thompson).
3) Bruce Stockler’s columns Role Reversal Marriage (Ms. Magazine, 6/03) and You Can’t Give Anarchy a Bath (National Review Online, 6/13/03)
4) Cathy’s blog Cathy’s World