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The Changing Role of Fathers TodayAs we celebrate fatherhood this month, it helps to see how the role of “father” has changed over the years.by Carren Jao .
Marriage is a two-person contract. The same goes for parenthood. While it has traditionally been the mother who stays with the children and tends to the household, today’s lifestyle encourages a more equal distribution of roles.
What it means to be a father has changed in the 21st century. For many of us, a father is traditionally the provider, albeit an aloof one. He is in charge of bringing home the money, but not taking care of the children. Household chores? Forget it. Find out how the role of fathers has drastically changed today.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
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Today, more and more women are present in the workforce. In the United States, over half of two-parent families have both parents working. “As more women joined their male partners in the workforce, it became increasingly important that the domestic workload, including the raising of the children, was more evenly distributed,” said Dr. Wade Horn, president of the National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI).
As a result, fatherhood means more than just bringing home the bacon, it means cooking it too. Fathers are now encouraged to be more involved in their children’s lives and to become more accessible than they were even just a generation ago.
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