Man of the House, an online resource for dads, is hosting the “World’s Greatest TV Dad” contest. The bracket-style competition features 32 father figures from television shows. Voters can vote weekly for their favorite dad in each pairing. The dad with the most votes in each match-up advances until there is only one dad left on June 17th. The TV dads were selected by the editorial team of Man of the House. They used four criteria for their selection: (1) shared household responsibilities, (2) relationship with children, (3) personal health/style/appearance, and (4) work/family balance.
In my opinion, a great dad is someone that plays an active part in their kids’ lives. A great dad supports their kids and help them become the outstanding people they will hopefully become. I’m not close to being a great dad, but I do try to be a part of my kids’ lives. I go to their school functions, and ask them about school activities, friends, and things going on in their lives. My parenting style is actually very different from my dad’s. I love him, but he was a very hands-off kinda dad. He’s old school and thought providing food, clothes, and a roof over my head was enough. The rest was entirely up to me. Luckily, I made the right decisions most of the time and grew up to become an almost normal person.
Now back to World’s Greatest TV Dad Contest. I recognize a lot of dads in the competition. However, some of the dads are from shows I barely remember watching. If I had to select a dad for the greatest TV dad award, I would probably pick Richard Castle. He enjoys doing things with his daughter, is supportive, and helps guide his daughter instead of telling her what to do. He doesn’t always make the best parenting decisions, but he always come through in the end.
[Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Dad Central Consulting on behalf of P&G and will receive promotional items to thank me for taking the time to participate.]