The Evolving Roles of Fatherhood
Evolving fatherhood looks silly but promising!
It’s not hard to see that parenting responsibilities for fathers is constantly evolving. The parenting role as a father has been evolving for decades.
The 1950′s defined fatherhood as men that were not involved and stoic towards parenting. A normal father would work outside of the home, and the mother did everything else. Television was a constant reminder of the roles each gender should play, e.g., Leave It To Beaver or Father Knows Best.
The late 60′s and early 70′s saw the first shift in the evolving style of fatherhood. Women were beginning to enter the work force in record numbers and men began having more household and parenting responsibilities.
During the 80′s and 90′s society saw fathers becoming more nurturing and caring towards their children. It was okay for a man to say that their family was the most crucial element of their life. Researchers began reporting studies about the benefits of involved father with their children.
Today, it is not uncommon to see a man as the primary caretaker for a child while their spouse works. In fact, I am proud that I am a stay-at-home dad. I have the opportunity to watch my son grow up, and I am involved in every aspect of his life.
The Evolving Question
Once we realize that the concept of fatherhood is evolving, it leads to the question, why is fatherhood changing?
One possible explanation is that most people learn the majority of their parenting skills from their parents. If a person feels that their parents made mistakes, he or she will try to correct them with their own children.
When I was growing up, it was easy to feel as if my dad were unemotionally attached as a parent. My dad was withdrawn and only did things when he felt he had to do them with me.
Both of my parents worked outside of the home, and my dad was the primary source of my family’s income. Overall, he took the hands off approach to parenting and let my mom make the majority of the parenting decisions.
As an adult, I realize that my dad did the best he knew how in raising me, but I wanted to do better for my son. Being a better father means that I would learn from my father’s lack of participation in my life. I want my son to see his father involvment in his life.
What do you think about modern dads? Do you think the roles defining a father are still evolving? or have we come as far as we can go in society? Tell me more in the comments!!
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