Gender Doesn't Define Domestic Destiny
The idea that the average father spends only 20 minutes a day with his children has been exposed as a myth; in the past 25 years modern family structures have shifted, blurring the line between the roles of mothers and fathers. With more mothers working outside the home, fathers are now included in most aspects of child care including changing diapers, taking the kids to school and even household cleaning. The rising average age of parents, same-sex couples and adoption of children has also contributed to changes in traditional family roles.
“What we’re actually seeing now is a different kind of equality that comes out of complementarity and a more complex set of negotiations based on people’s different circumstances.” - Kerry Daly, professor and chair of the University of Guelph’s Family Relations department
Off-shifting & the Efficient Division of Labour
“If you don’t get more efficient in the division of labour, you’re not going to make it as a couple. You’re going to spend all your time fighting over who’s doing what.” - Ann Douglas, writer and a mother of four from Peterborough, Ontario
The Benefits of an Involved Father
“If we try to judge the care that fathers give by the standards used to study mothers and women, we miss some of the creative ways that fathers are caring for children.” - Andrea Doucet, author of 'Do Men Mother?'
Modern Father Facts
- The average age of fathers is rising: The average age of fathers now exceeds 40
- Work-family balance is a challenge for many fathers: Whether they are on their own or in a two-parent family, the vast majority of fathers in Canada are employed.
- Men don't have to be husbands to be fathers: Today, many children either are born outside of marriage or experience the divorce of their parents while they are still young. Consequently, there are a growing number of men entering unions that include children from a partner's previous relationship.