Role reversal for 2010

13 Sep
Cover of "Daddy Day Care (Special Edition...

Cover of Daddy Day Care (Special Edition)

I just finished watching ‘Daddy Day Care’. I love that movie. Eddie Murphy is hilarious and his son….well, absolutely adorable. It got me thinking, how would that work for my husband and I? I go to work, he stays at home and becomes a househusband…

What’s a househusband? A stay at home dad or house husband is a term many westerners use to describe a father who is the main caregiver of the children and/or is the homemaker of the household. As families have evolved, the practice of being a stay-at-home dad has become more common…

How would that work here?LOL…oh I shouldn’t laugh because I’m one of the lucky ones, my husband irons his own shirts, can make his own dinner and if I wanted him to, could clean the house and do a pretty good job…he even changes diapers and makes up bottles of milk…long term tho? No, I don’t think he could cope.

Stay at home dads in the western world are still stereotyped but it is becoming more and more socially acceptable…here, however, it would be totally unacceptable due to the culture.

So when did it become OK for men to ‘stay at home’? How did this change come about?

Well it dates back to World War Two. Everything started to change in WW11, the vast majority of men had to go to war and therefore women had to fill many positions that would have been deemed unsuitable. This increase in working women became one of the few times in history where women were praised for work outside the home.

So is there an advantage to a stay at home dad rather than a stay at home mum?

Personally, I love being a stay at home mum.

I enjoy every minute I spend with my kids BUT the bond between father and child is just as important as the mother’s in the overall social and emotional development of a child. Emotionally and mentally father’s may actually help their children long term, mothers reassure toddlers when they become frustrated while fathers encourage them to manage their frustration. This helps the children learn to deal with stress and frustration which is important to achieve at a young age.

A 1996 study by McGill University found that the “single most important childhood factor in developing empathy is paternal involvement in childcare.

So there you have it Dads…you are as equally important if not more in the first five years of your child’s life.

So, no matter how tired you are from work, take an hour out of your day and spend it with your kids! Take them to play ball or go for a walk…spend some time with your kids, it’s not only the mums that matter!

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