How Many Different Types Of Dads Are There?
It would be impossible to answer that question. There are thousands of different types of dads in the world.
Stay at home dads or dads you meet at daycare? Not so many.
Needing time off work for maternity leave or quitting your job altogether to be a stay at home parent is a decision every family with kids must make for themselves.
The stereotype of an apron-wearing, vacuuming while baking cookies wife and a working husband still stands as an ideal picture of a marriage. Yes, even in this day and age.
Times are changing and the number of stay-at-home fathers in the past decade has increased as more wives take on the role of the “breadwinner”.
Stay at home dads suffer judgement they can’t do all the things moms do.
Dads certainly do things differently from moms. Kids tend not to care either way. They adapt quicker than we do.
Having a toddler and finding the best place for daycare has opened my eyes to the interesting types of dad you see at daycare.
Whether they are dropping their kids off or are stay at home dads, here are 5 different types of dads I have come across so far.
1. The Helicopter Dad
Gotta love these types of dads. They really mean well. When you see this dad, he is hovering over his child. His child cannot move more than 2 meters away from him before he panics.
He is constantly checking to see if the diaper is dirty, calling and texting his wife multiple times to “check-in”.
Cleans his child’s hand because the child touched the hair of another kid who just arrived. Then makes sure his child’s head is free from lice – just in case.
He is scared to leave out of fear he has missed something. This dad has a type-A personality.
Takes his job seriously. Very seriously. Too seriously?
He doesn’t want any mistakes on his watch.
2. The Braggadocious Dad
He is a nice guy and we love these types of dads because they are so proud of their kids.
However, he becomes annoying because puts way too much emphasis on baby’s milestones.
Yes, we get it. We are parents too but do you need to announce at daycare that your child can poop at the same time every single day?
Or post to Facebook how your wonderful toddler is so well-mannered?
This type of dad brags way too much and needs to cool it.
Did I mention that his toddler can spell Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious backwards?
We all love showing off our kids and expressing our joy when they reach milestones.
Hey dad? Let’s stick to one milestone a day – if even that.
3. The All-Work-No-Play Dad
Oh! You won’t get a smile out of these types of dads. They are strictly business.
Arrive at daycare at 08:00. Take off their kid’s shoes and jackets.
Let their child know they will be picked up by mom or grandma at 14:00.
Says goodbye and is out the door at 08:01.
Loosen up Dad! Prioritize your time. The meeting you are running off to can wait.
Spare five minutes of your time. You baby won’t be young forever and neither will you.
4. The Accident-Prone Dad
For me, these types of dads are the funniest and most interesting.
They try the hardest but somehow cannot help but continuously get into accidents.
This dad arrives at daycare with both he and the baby are looking frazzled. They look like they left the house in a rush. Hair not brushed, baby’s pants are on backwards, dad’s pants zipper is undone and he forgot the diapers…..again.
I know a dad like this – so what don’t know is that he woke up an hour earlier just to get himself and the baby ready.
He sets the baby down who goes off running; shrieking delightedly to play with other kids.
Dad watches happily until he notices that the baby doesn’t have any shoes on. And yup – it’s snowing outside.
Sometimes you’ve got to wonder who’s taking care of whom. Just let mom know the baby is safe and sound. Don’t go into too much detail.
This dad still gets a serious A for effort.
5. The Gets-Along-With-Everyone Dad
Ah, and finally the down to earth dad who gets along with everyone.
He chats with the moms, the dads, the kids. He’s gentle, he’s kind and funny.
Hangs out a little to see what’s new and how everyone is doing.
These types of dads ask a lot of questions because they are genuinely interested and always offers a helping hand.
His kids never doubts how much this dad loves him or her because he not only says so but shows it too.
Plus he gives his child lots of kisses before he leaves.
If he wasn’t married, the single mommies would be lining up to date him.
No matter which types of dads you see at daycare, and there are many more types, one thing is certain – dads struggle with the same things as moms do.
Dads feel the same loss of identity, discontent, self-doubt and insecurity that moms feel.
Stay at home dads can cook, clean, go grocery shopping, do housework, mow the lawn, fix things, and take care of the baby without breaking them or burning the house down! (Don’t gasp in shock – it’s true!)
Being a stay-at-home dad is not for every family.
When a man decides to be one, he deserves the same credit and appreciation moms get.
Mom or dad – I say, if it’s your kid, it’s not babysitting. It’s parenting. Doesn’t matter who is staying home to do it.
So, what’s best for your family? Do you know any stay-at-home dads? What do you think of them?
Are you old-fashioned and think only moms should stay home?
Share your thoughts with me in the comments section below.
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