Daddy – noun \ˈda-dē\ is a diminutive, familiar term for a father.
I read someplace recently that the phenomenon that is the “mommy blog” has not taken off in the same way for “daddy bloggers” because men would not use such a demeaning way of labeling their work. Apparently there are those who believe that “mommy” and “daddy” are somehow inferior, less respectful, less respectable ways of being addressed.
As an American growing up in Europe I heard the more formal labels of “mother” and “father” being used by young children in some countries. It seemed quaint, formal and frankly just a bit cold and distant. Some might think that the term “father” commands more respect. I disagree. I don’t want to command respect with titles like “father” or “sir”, I want to earn it. If I had my way, my daughter would call me “daddy” her whole life. And do you know what, I’m damned proud to be her daddy!
So am I going to be changing the name of my blog to “A Father’s Blog”? Hell no. And neither should any woman who wishes to refer to her online body of work as a “mommy blog” ever feel the need to apologize for that. We all have different callings, and I know with complete and total certainty that my most important calling in this life is “daddy”.
What do you think? Is “mommy” or “daddy” an inferior, demeaning term… either when used in describing a blog or as a name for us used by our children?