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What We Can Learn From TV’s Working Dads

9 Jun 2014

Babies and boardrooms, toddlers and trade shows, teenagers and time sheets – it’s not easy being a committed working dad with these kinds of clashes. We decided to look to some of our favourite dads of the small screen to get some tips on how they balance it all.

Don Draper, Mad Men

Don is our effortlessly cool and successful vintage ad man. Even though he might not be the most attentive, there are still a few things we can learn from him. He shows that even though you can’t always be there if you have a demanding job, being present on special days is important. Even Don knows his way around a birthday party! He also calls them from work, even if he does have a whisky in hand – he even calls to surprise Sally with tickets to the Beatles one day. Little things like that remind your kids you are still thinking of them, wherever you are.

Ned Stark, Game of Thrones

As far as job titles go, we don’t come across Lord of the North all that much in recruitment. That being said, we imagine if anyone has a tough work life balance, it’s Ned Stark. He constantly struggled with senior management, his company car literally ate its way through fuel, and he had six children back home to think of. His role as Hand of the King was fraught with danger, but he still took the time to sit down with Arya to explain what his situation was. Be honest with your kids about your job, and help them to understand the difficulties you face. He leads by example, staying true to his beliefs and goals even if that means making tough decisions. He shows us it’s not a bad thing to work hard when you have children, as long as you use this to be a role model to them.

Marshall Erikson, How I Met Your Mother

Marshall How I Met Your MotherNew dad Marshall is a successful lawyer who really throws himself into parenting. He takes it so seriously that only something he ranks eight or higher in importance will distract him from his duties. This particular rule may not have lasted, but only because he’s such a great friend, which is why he’s a really great example of a working dad. He still makes time to have a social life, which is really important to demonstrate to children early on. His friends, despite their amusing flaws, are all sure to be great examples for Marvin to grow up around. Although he follows his dream of being a top environmental lawyer, he truly feels that family comes first, and isn’t afraid of putting his foot down in order to be there for them. He follows his heart, both at work and at home, and it’s touching to see even if it does mean he goes a little overboard on lullabies.

Who are some of your favourite TV dads? Tell us in the comment section below!

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