A day for dad



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A dad’s job isn’t always fun. Sometimes, fathers are the ones who end up doing a lot of the “dirty work” of raising children — things like putting together cribs and running to the store for baby formula — that moms don’t always have time to take care of. Other times, dads have to mete out discipline, laying down the law or stepping in when roughhousing escalates or tomfoolery proliferates.

Of course, gender roles have evolved in myriad ways in the past four or five decades, and it would be simple to suggest that the stereotypical “mom” and “dad” roles of decades past still apply. Today, there are plenty of moms who coach Little League teams — and lots of dads who bake cookies.

But it would be disingenuous to pretend that dads don’t typically assume a lot of duties that nobody else in a kid’s life is as qualified to handle. Dads teach us how to change the tires on our car. Dads show us how to hold a gun or toss a football. Dads give our potential boyfriends the third degree and dish out advice on how we should ask a girl to the prom. Dads preach — and they listen.

It’s fitting that Father’s Day (Sunday, June 17) is celebrated in summer. Dads are at their best this time of year. From mowing lawns to painting the deck to manning the barbecue grill, summertime work is definitely a dad’s domain. The summer is also when the need for things like fishing expertise, scraped-knee courage and tree fort architecture are at their yearly peak. Dads give these freely.

This Father’s Day, show your dad you love him by letting him know how much you appreciate the uniquely “dad” things he’s done for you along the way. And because dads don’t do what they do for praise, this year we suggest showing your love in a way that only dad could truly appreciate:

Mow the lawn!

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