There are a few things most people learn about me within days of meeting me: I'm flamboyant AF, I'm really into Game of Thrones, and I love compliments. So I say this as someone who sincerely appreciates words of affirmation: there's a limit, even for self-identified approval junkies who enjoy receiving an above-average amount of praise for particularly mundane accomplishments. A group that understands this better than most? Dedicated dads, because you're actually insulting dads when you constantly compliment them.
I've suggested this before and I fear some people have gotten the wrong idea (because, yes, I read the social media comments on my articles, you guys). Allow me to clarify: it's not that I think dads should not receive enormous credit for the hard work they do in raising their children. They absolutely should! (So should moms, by the way.) At the same time, why are we tripping over ourselves to extol these guys for things that, frankly, we should expect from them? You know, like we expect from moms. I don't praise my children every time they say "please" or "thank you," because their good manners are just how I expect them to behave as civil human beings. Dads are supposed to do dad things — that's what makes them dads in the first place.
As a society, we need to stop being impressed and surprised when a father's contributions to the wellbeing of their children extend beyond signing the birth certificate. Not because dedicated dads don't deserve admiration for these things, but because they deserve to be recognized as capable, engaged, thoughtful men who are the standard we expect; not the exception we put up on a pedestal. (This, in turn, will encourage all those men who aren't rising to the occasion to hop to it.) Plus, it's pretty damn insulting to continue to praise these men as if doing the minimum is above their normal capabilities. They can handle parenthood, you guys. Trust me.