We might still have a long way to go as far as gender equality, but in the realm of parenting, things they are a-changing. Dads are more involved than ever, they spend more quality time with their kids, and they’re taking on more typically female chores like cooking dinner, folding laundry, and cleaning the house.
I know, ladies, it doesn’t always seem like that’s true but change doesn’t happen overnight.
Science says there’s no doubt that the shift is also good for children’s mental health, too – studies show that babies that have playtime with Dad have higher IQs, that roughhousing is crucial to child development, and in general, a good strong bond with Dad boosts confidence and concentration.
Below are 5 ways dads are changing for the better in this brave new world!
#5. They’re more conscious of their work/life balance.
Dads a few generations ago were often stressed about being the sole breadwinner and spent more time worrying about work than how much time they were spending bonding with the kids, but now dads are showing concern about being present when they’re home.
#4. They’re spending more time with their kids.
Statistics from the Pew Research Center claim that modern dads devote about three times as much time with their ids than fathers did just a couple of generations ago.
#3. They’re asking for paternity leave.
It’s so helpful for moms to have 24/7 help when a new baby arrives, but few employers offer paid leave for dads (or moms, but that’s a topic for another day). This is slowly beginning to change, and according to the New York Times, some companies are realizing that offering paternity leave is a way to snag the top-tier candidates for new jobs.
#2. They’re taking on more household duties.
This study says dads in the U.K. spend about two and half hours per day taking care of the kids and/or the house, so while that’s not a 50/50 split, we are moving in the right direction.
#1. They’re supporting each other.
With more and more dads happy and proud to focus on their roles in their childrens’ lives, message boards, blogs, and playgroups just for dads have been popping up everywhere.
Go Dads! And Moms, I know it’s hard, but if you take a step back (and some time to yourself) you and your kids just might be the better for it.