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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Stay at home dads provide model for masculine parenting

Dad swinging toddlerAt-home dads aren’t trying to be perfect moms, says a recent study in the Journal of Consumer Research. Instead, they take pride in letting their children take more risks on the playground, compared with their spouses. They tend to jettison daily routines in favor of spontaneous adventures with the kids. And many use technology or DIY skills to squeeze household budgets, or find shortcuts through projects and chores, says the study, based on interviews, observation of father-child outings and an analysis of thousands of pages of at-home dads’ blogs and online commentary.

“Just as we saw a feminization of the workplace in the past few decades, with more emphasis on such skills as empathy and listening, we are seeing the opposite at home—a masculinization of domestic tasks and routines,” says Gokcen Coskuner-Balli, an assistant professor of marketing at Chapman University in Orange, Calif., and lead author of the study. “Many men are building this alternative model of home life that is outdoorsy, playful and more technology-oriented.”

Source Shared parenting works.
In my opinion and experiences, fathers are just as good, and in some cases better at raising children, we are more apt to provide the skills to be self sufficient in a child's future. But to be honest I still believe that a combination of mom and dad is the ultimate in a child's happiness and chances at a productive non dependent life.

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