I hate to hear about deadbeat dads.
It’s a stereotype that so often isn’t true. Most of the dads I know – whether divorced or married – don’t shirk their duties.
They step up to the plate, providing for their kids and spending time with them.
So it’s nice to see a report that puts dads in a positive light.
A new study of almost 1,000 fathers by Boston College finds that they take parenting duties seriously and wish they could give their families even more time.
“Balancing work and family is not just a woman’s issue,” says Brad Harrington of Boston College’s Center for Work & Family.
The study is the “latest assessment of the changing role of fathers,” according to the center.
It’s great to see dads getting their due. As single dads, we know the challenges we face juggling jobs and home life. Married fathers deal with the same issues.
“Our findings show that fathers want to have more time to be with their children, and they aspire to do more at home,” Harrington says in a news release. “At the same time, they have equally strong desires to be successful at work and to advance in their careers.”
Sound like you?
One study finding that surprised me: 53 percent of dads said they would consider not working outside the home if it were financially possible.
I’m part of that majority.
This finding suggests that the “role of ‘stay-at-home-dad’ is becoming more acceptable.”
You can read the entire 35-page report and a news release summary here: http://www.bc.edu/centers/cwf/
Talk to your friends about this study. Send them the link.
We need to chip away at the stereotype of the deadbeat dad.
The role of fathers is evolving. We’re becoming more active in our kids’ lives and placing a higher value on family time. Now, it’s time for the perception of fathers to catch up with the reality.