Whatever Brave New World assumptions we run into about men and women joyfully casting off the shackles of traditional sex roles, the reality is that, when little Andy or Jenny first comes along, those roles have a way of reasserting themselves. The focus on Mr.
Mom obscures another important reality. That was greeted by hosannas from much of the press. It was nonsense of course. Her only competition was her children.
The figure was a proxy for single motherhood, not how much more women are working and earning than before. To get an idea of the latter reality, Prof. Margaret Ryznar looked at how many married couples had the woman as chief wage earner. For their part, dads are happy to do just that. Men and women both value Mom staying at home with the kids.
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Men and women both value Dad bringing home the bacon. Providership is important to protect children from poverty, raise their odds of educational success, and increase the likelihood that they will succeed later in life. Thus, the very real material contribution that the average American dad makes to his family can be obscured by stories that focus on that still relatively exotic breed, the stay-at-home dad.
Perceptions of men as childcare providers have not changed, however.
The movie Mr. Mom is still stuck in our brains as the idea of what an at-home dad is. Perceptions need to change because reality has changed.
Dispelling the ‘Mr. Mom’ Myth
FACT: Most at-home dads make some income. The Census reports that there are , at-home dads but also reports about 7 million fathers are primary caregivers. The main reason for the difference is the how the Census counts an at-home dad. Often both parents earn some income and share in the child care duties more than they did even 30 years ago.
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FACT: At-home dads, in fact just about any dad, can parent as effectively as any mom. Research by Lee Gettler of Northwestern University showed dads experience a drop in testosterone levels when they become a parent, just as hormones also change in moms. His research means that dads are biologically capable of nurturing and parenting.
At-home dads do an exceptional job filling an important role in their families and need to be respected for what they do. Years ago, our society realized women were capable of doing just about any job a man could do. We began using gender-neutral terms to define jobs, such as police officer and postal worker instead of policeman and postman. We are rarely surprised by a female play-by-play announcer on a college football game or a woman running for President.
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