Dads aren't what they used to be.
We've come a long way from the days when Ward Cleaver spent his day at the office while June stayed home to monitor the antics of Wally and the Beaver and, dressed in heels and pearls, made sure dinner and the newspaper were ready for her husband after a long day. If "Leave It to Beaver" was set in 2014, June might be the one at the office all day while Ward -- decked out in sweats and an AC/DC shirt -- might be telecommuting; taking breaks to take the kids to school, pick them up, make sure they're behaving; and trying to figure out dinner.
Over the past few decades, a father's role has changed dramatically. Sure, most of us are still "providers," but oftentimes we aren't the only ones doing so. Conversely, expectations on the homefront have increased dramatically.
For Father's Day, we're looking for dispatches from the frontlines of modern-day fatherhood in the Bay Area. Have you discovered you actually like volunteering in the classroom or taking the kids to school? Are you the go-to guy to clean up after a grape-juice disaster? Tell us how your role as a father is different from your dad's or share a story that defines what it's like to be a dad now.
Write up your experience (200 words or fewer), and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 3. Put "Dad's day" in the subject line and be sure to include your full name and what city you live in. If you've got a photo of you and the kids or whole family, share that, too (they need to be JPEGs, 400 KB or larger). We'll offer up as many as we can June 15.
-- Tony Hicks, Staff