Is it a random coincidence? A lack of vision about any other meaningful role for a dad? A traditional limitation on the way a dad's role is articulated today?
Is it the weird, hothouse environment of a press conference or a red carpet ropeline? [I recently experienced one from the other side, and let me tell you, "insipid" and "sycophantic" doesn't begin to describe the experience of a weekly magazine gaggle interview.] Or is it the cliches and stereotypes of the mass media just perpetuated ad nauseam?
Either way, check this out:
Late last year, [Matt] Damon said at a press conference that he "longed for" fatherhood. "But I've got to learn how to be a good disciplinarian," he said, "'cause I'm a professional uncle right now."The kid's name's Isabella, btw, how non-weird-celebrity-name is that? Then this:
’ÄúIt’Äôs so exciting for him,’Äù Nacho Libre director Jared Hess told Us at the film’Äôs premiere. ’ÄúHe’Äôs worried about being a dad as far as the discipline aspect, but he’Äôll definitely be the funnest dad on the planet.The Jack Blacks had a boy, btw. Congrats. Until this second, when I just gave the kid a timeout for repeatedly trying to jump off the sofa arm against specific instructions, the idea of being a "disciplinarian" has hardly crossed my mind once since becoming a parent. But i certainly don't see or feel that my role is any different from my wife's on the teaching and limits and behavior front.
How do you see the idea of dads being the disciplinarians? Is that how you feel/expect/see things? Has that norm changed, or am I the only one who thinks my belt is just for holding in my pot belly?