As kids, how many of us looked to our dad for help when we came upon a ridiculous obstacle? Sure, you probably ran to your mother if you were hurt or needed comfort, but if there was something blocking your path, dad would help you break it down. Couldn't improve your batting average? Dad was there. Having trouble in chemistry? Dad knew the solutions (that's a chemistry joke). Moved into your first apartment and had to do some quick plumbing because the landlord was useless? Dad had your back.
The know-it-all, rugged, dad's dad kind of went out of style for a while though. You see a lot of guys who sacrificed knowledge and a willingness to confront obstacles for a more blunted approach to life and parenting. Whether these new dads focused too much on being independent of their families, or worried too much about being buddies with their kids, their approach just isn't what's needed anymore.
This modern age is pretty turbulent - you don't need an article telling you that. Whether it's financials, home renovation, or being brave in the face of an uncertain future, it's important that dad has the answers. The handyman/lover/all-around-expert dad is becoming popular again - let's take a look at why that is, and how it's a great thing.