Much like new mothers, new fathers have a lot on their plate. Parenting can be scary and complex, especially at first and regardless of your gender. People want to do right by their kids, after all. And since all new parents are a hot mess, dads are just as tired, stressed, and too sleep deprived to function as us moms. Yet we rarely, if ever, discuss the stereotypes about new dads that are totally true, and I think that in the name of equality it's time we bring everyone up to speed.
I would argue, however, that most everyone has heard the harmful stereotypes that paint dads as clueless buffoons incapable of caring for a newborn, much less supporting their partner. They’ll get praised for taking any part in their baby’s life, even if it's minuscule, and if they, say, put a diaper on backwards or don't know how to hold a baby, it's not indicitive of their parenting capabilities (like moms) but a cute sign they're trying and for dads, well, simply trying is more than enough.
Those stereotypes all let dads of the proverbial hook, and set up mom as the default parent. But there are some spot-on stereotypes about new dads that are worth discussing, and can actually paint dads as capable, engaged parents who can falter, struggle, and love their new babies just as much as new moms: