Are Dads Really Parents?

It seems a silly question to ask, but sometimes I wonder. I was at my children’s pediatrician’s office and I picked up a copy of Scholastic’s Parent & Child Magazine. It was the June/July 2007 issue, and on the inside cover it had a full page Subaru ad with a maze that teachers could copy and use in their classes. on the border it had a section which read:

Dear Teachers and Moms,

Every Subaru vehicle is designed to help us protect your children.


Subaru vehicles are recognized for their important safety features. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded Subaru more Top Safety Picks than any other brand.

Every Subaru vehicle comes with the safety of All-Wheel Drive standard and the balance and control of a powerful Subaru Boxer engine, giving you the confidence you need to handle the many field trips life has in store. Always Ready. It’s what makes a Subaru, a Subaru.

It went on to list the features of the Subaru Forester. Now in reading the ad as written above nothing in it suggests something that would be of unique interest to teachers or moms. Last I checked Dads are interested in vehicle safety for their children as well… As I was reading the magazine I began to read the magazine I noticed that the articles and ads were geared toward moms. I think it is sad that Dads don’t take enough interest in these type of magazines that the editors and advertisers gear their content towards mothers. Maybe they should rename the magazine “Mother & Child”, or maybe we dads ought to pick up one or two of these magazines and start asserting our interest in them. I can’t be the only father interested in tips on improving my parenting…


# 1 - by It's just me... on November 18th, 2007 at 4:16 pm

Oh sweetheart.There are so many instances when I see your eyes go screwy after displays of mother vs. father parenting messages.You are an exception to the world of fatherhood and the world of parenting. The best power is to take your passion and promote change with it. You’ve already done that within our family circle – maybe it is your challenge to open the eyes of dads and moms (let alone advertisers) the world over.

# 2 - by DiaryDad on November 20th, 2007 at 6:50 pm

Here’s hoping, Your support helps make me the father that I am.

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