Stay-at-home dads are breaking stereotypes by proving that fathering and caring for children is just an important role in an infant’s life than in a traditional sense. Today, we live in a society where traditional roles of mothering are being turned around or becoming
equal. That sense where the husband or father goes out and works while the wife or mother stays home and takes care of the children is a thing of the past. The old-age views of a stay-at-home dad being Lazy, unmanly or non-masculine is not the case. “They are not mothering, they are parenting” (Petroski.) “Do what is best for the children” is the saying and that is the point.
There is no shame in sharing roles or switching them entirely. In a Hollywood blockbuster movie that I recall, Mrs. Doubtfire was one of those movies where a father, played by actor and comedian Robin Williams, inadvertently mans up during his broken marriage and does the unthinkable to basically get back into his families lives by cross-dressing and disguising himself as their new nanny. I’m not saying you have to do that to be a good father. But the basis of this article is to be a parent no matter what you have to do. That is what it means to be a man in this fathering generation.
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Petroski, David John; Edley, Paige P. “The Electronic journal of Communication.” Stay-At-Home Fathers: Masculinity, Family, and Gender Stereotypes. vol. 16, no. 3-4, 2006.
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