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Do modern dads get enough credit?

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"Full House": Living up to its name, viewers of the ABC series watched widower Danny Tanner raise his three daughters with the in-house help of childhood friend Joey Gladstone and brother-in-law Jesse Katsopolis. (photo courtesy IMDB) "Full House": Living up to its name, viewers of the ABC series watched widower Danny Tanner raise his three daughters with the in-house help of childhood friend Joey Gladstone and brother-in-law Jesse Katsopolis. (photo courtesy IMDB)
"Arrested Development": Michael Bluth is the protagonist of the show known for its cult following. After his wife dies, Bluth has to raise son George Michael while surrounded by his own unusual family. (photo courtesy IMDB) "Arrested Development": Michael Bluth is the protagonist of the show known for its cult following. After his wife dies, Bluth has to raise son George Michael while surrounded by his own unusual family. (photo courtesy IMDB)
This week, the White House held its first ever conference on working fathers.

The "Today" show's online parenting platform changed its name from Today Moms to Today Parents, and added a half-dozen fathers to its writing corps.

"The View" featured a stay-at-home dad during a special segment honoring Father's Day.

And a heartwarming video saluting daddies across America (try not to tear up while watching it) by Dove Men + Care garnered nearly 3 million views on YouTube.

No one of these developments means dads today get the same level of respect and attention as moms do from society, the media and marketers. The events don't signify an end to the often depicted portrait in pop culture of the clueless, uninvolved dad, but together they symbolize how modern dads, to borrow a phrase women have used for a long time, have come a long way, baby.

Vincent O'Keefe, a stay-at-home dad from Cleveland with two daughters, ages 14 and 11, said fatherhood today is "kind of a foreign country" compared with what it was like growing up with a father who, like most men with children then, worked outside the home.

O'Keefe describes some of the "absurd situations" he's found himself in as the primary caregiver to his girls, including getting slammed in the head by a toilet seat when he was trying to potty train one of his daughters during a "Mommy and Me" class.

"Those are all situations my father never would have been in," said the professor-turned-parenting writer who hopes to publish a humorous memoir he recently finished titled "Been There, Wiped That" about his journey as a stay-at-home dad.

Click here for more on this story from CNN's Kelly Wallace, including shifts in perceptions of modern dads, how dads are starting to spend more time with their kids, and how identity issues are real for some men.

Kelly Wallace is CNN's digital correspondent and editor-at-large covering family, career and life. She is a mom of two.
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