Fathers’ Day is this Sunday, and I’m wondering where the bloggernacle fathers are. Scriptures and our prophets tell us that children and family life are pretty much the main reasons why we’re here on this earth. And in case there was any doubt on the matter, the great LDS prophet David O. McKay said in an oft-repeated quote: “no other success can compensate for failure in the home”.
Since children and family life are so important, why don’t we hear more from the men in the bloggernacle about their family lives? Perhaps these are some reasons for the relative silence:
1. My family life is personal, and I choose not to share my personal life with an internet audience.
2. My children do not make interesting subjects for blogging.
3. My wife blogs about the children, and I don’t have anything to add.
4. I don’t have children.
5. Other (Please explain. Attach additional pages if necessary).
A new visitor to the bloggernacle might wonder why the LDS blogs are so segregated – why women don’t generally participate in the discussions at Times and Seasons, By Common Consent, and Millennial Star – and why men don’t chime in with their funny, sad, frustrating family experiences at Mormon Mommy Wars, Feminist Mormon Housewives, and Tales from the Crib.
I’m sure this gender divide reflects the structure of the outside blogosphere, but I have expected to hear more from Mormon fathers about their children, since Mormons value family life so highly.
In any event, I for one would like to hear more from the bloggernacle fathers about how having children has changed them (for the better or worse), and generally how they juggle the demands of working, nurturing their family, and maintaining their sanity.
I hope each of you have a wonderful Father’s Day.