Dads – aren’t they stupid, and aren’t they hapless? And that’s only if they bother to stick around.
Of course, that’s not true.
Most men make fantastic, caring parents who can cope as well as their partners when it comes to looking after their children.
Sure, my husband may not do things exactly the same way I do but that doesn’t mean the way I do it is better. It’s just different.
But, stereotypically, dads are painted as a bit crap.
They’re either not in the picture or, if they are, they are bumbling idiots who couldn’t look after a potato, let alone a child.
Think Homer Simpson, Family Guy’s Peter Griffin, Phil Dunphy from Modern Family, and Jim Royale.
There is no doubt they love their children but, by and large, fathers on television are painted as being hopeless.
Parenting is mainly seen as the woman’s domain so it is probably no surprise that fathers are too afraid to ask for more flexible working hours to look after their children.
They worry it will damage their careers and they will not look like they are committed to their jobs.
But it could all change in the future.
A government probe run by the Women and Equalities Committee will be launched to establish how much support dads receive at work.
Maria Miller MP will launch an investigation on how much demand for change there is among working men.
But perhaps we need to change people’s opinions of fathers much earlier.
Maybe, it should begin from birth – or at least from age one – and more boys should be bought dolls to play with.
If you want to step back in time, take a look at the numerous toy aisles and catalogues that divide items into boys’ and girls’.
Typically, anything to do…