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The time when a father's role as the breadwinner and disciplinarian has long gone. Today's tatays are spending more time with their children, helping moms with the kids' schooling, playtime, bedtime, and childcare.
In a survey of 150 fathers by Similac GainSchool, the Pinoy dads shared they are carry more childcare load and have their own struggles and anxiety about their child's development.
The survey asked Filipino dads with kids ages 3 years old and above various questions to understand the differences in actions and attitudes towards parenting.
Funny antics aside, nearly two-thirds of the dads surveyed became emotional when they shared their confessions. Most of the respondents said their children inspired them to become better fathers.
About 8 out of 10 dads highlighted that they go through the same stress and fatigue of motherhood. More than 50% expressed they do not feel recognized as much as the moms do. Some admitted feeling the pressure to show strength all the time.
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Similac GainSchool ambassador JC Intal confessed, "There's no manual set on how to be a father. But for me, I have learned that being a father is about giving, understanding, failing, and continuously trying. I have struggled a lot, also just like any other dad. Fatherhood is tough, but it's worth it."