What do we expect out of a father character? Probably much the same we do in life – someone who lays down the law and is the disciplinarian in our family.
Not all fathers fit this bill. I’m not sure even most do today, but we still carry over the expectation from before.
I didn’t have one of those fathers in my book, The Art of Science. I opted instead to make the mother into the ‘bad guy’ parent, and the father the one who stayed home and nurtured the children more. It didn’t make him less of a parent or a man; it changed his style.
I’m thinking about the next book already. (what author doesn’t?) Maybe this time it’ll be someone more conventional who fills the father’s role.
Happy Father’s Day to the traditional – and not so traditional – fathers out there.