A Disservice

Parents around the world are reading Dads Round Table and many of the readers come from many of our contributor sites.  We tell you lots of stories of our children and our interactions with them.  The main reason we decided to create Dads Round Table was to break the stereotype and say that dads are involved.  But are we doing ourselves a disservice by telling these stories.

I hear fellow writers on this site yelling at me so let me explain.

I wrote a story the other day about an incident with a screwdriver in our house. The Kid was on my watch and to put it bluntly and without hurting my own feelings, something stupid happened.  With the incredible invention of the Internet, thanks Al Gore, I was able to share the story about how stupid I was as a father to the world.

You look at a site like this, like ManvDadhood and Brad the Dad, similar stories are told, maybe not as stupid as mine but they are dads who are not afraid to share moments like that.

Ask us why we write and many of us will answer that we first off enjoy writing and secondly, want to break the un-involved dad stereotype.

Wouldn’t a story about a child doing something dumb under the “careful” eye of the father be a disservice and put dads further back from breaking the stereotype?


If you look beyond the story, look beyond the fact that something brainless happened, and what you will see is a father who is involved.  You will see a dad who loves spending time with his kids and family.  You will see a man who wants to improve himself and help his children grow to be better people then he is.

That is just part of the reason we are here, willing to share our idiotic moments, because we are committed to our families.


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  1. JamesHudyma says:

    I totally agree.  You can’t have those moments unless you are there.  These mishaps help us learn and by sharing them, others can learn from them as well.

    • @JamesHudyma What matters is that we are involved and there.  Without that there would be no stories to tell.

  2. If we aren’t sharing such moments, we are not doing right by our readers.  A disservice is exactly correct.  A screwdriver left lying around for a kid to grab is NOT the same as, say, a knife.  Apologies in advance to any of my friends who do this, but when I see a family out to dinner and the kids have their faces buried in a tablet or gaming device the whole time, that’s way worse in my eyes.  I’d rather my kids get their hands on a forgotten screwdriver over not being able to spend an hour with them without the aid of a device of distraction. Chili’s et al give you crayons and an activity book, use them!  Keep up the good work Brandon and continue to be involved in your kid’s life, screwdrivers and all.

    • @readbradthedad it is funny you mention technology.  I am as much into tech as the next guy, but you know what, I shy away from letting my kid do it.  I have a NOOK to do my reading, but I will always sit down to read an actual book with pages in it.

  3. ManvDadhood says:

    It’s not that we are idiots, it’s that everyone makes mistakes. We love spending time with our kids, and that means the good, the bad, and the hilarious! If we are not sharing stories about how we’ve screwed up, then we are not being true to who we are. What is more important, is that we continue to pick ourselves up, and our kids up, and move on to the next activity and memory.

  4. Oh, lord, if we have to start sharing our dumb dad moments, I have some WHOPPERS.
    In all seriousness, the disservice would come if we only shared the good, didn’t vent a little, and staged our cookie-cutter, Stepford family stories on this site. 
    Damn that. I prefer to connect with our readers, be real, and if it takes one of us telling a bonehead story for another parent to pay attention to what they are doing and possibly not make a similar mistake? Good for all of us!

  5. I read all your blogs–on your sites and here–because you are the most “real” parents I know–yes I said parents, not just dads. We all do stupid things; we all do brilliant things (some of us may have a slightly skewed balance between the two). That’s just being human. Being a parent means you’re engaged, caring, honest dads with only the absolute best intentions for your kids. With all due respect to the “perfect-parenting-in-5-easy-steps” sites out there, this site, and you guys, are the real thing.

    • Brandon P. Duncan says:

      Your seat is still open, Barmy. Juuuuust sayin’. :)

  6. I think that dad bloggers just validate that dads can be good parents. in fact most dads are. My blog started in part as the result of someone telling me that my place was in the workforce, and not at home with my kids. (I am on disability). I simply told her it wasn’t any of her business.

    Keep up the good work. :)

    • I like this view. That as a daddy blogger it just validates everything that we are trying to accomplish. Without our blogs we would not be involved enough to tell our stories.

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