Co-Parenting

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Men and women have always had specific roles that are played when starting a family. Women being viewed as the fulltime house worker, and men as the income support. Hope Edelman writes on her essay “The Myth of Co- Parenting: How It Was Supposed To Be. How It Was” how her martial experience was conflicted with ingrained gender roles. The role women played in a household, as oppose to the role women currently now play in the household are very different. Hence, the typical stigma that the man is the main breadwinner and women stay home to take care of the kids, along with all the household responsibilities. These gender roles are taught to a person from the time that they are born. When a couple gets married, the roles of both the groom and bride are usually determined by culture and tradition. But, throughout history these roles have taken a major change depending on how the family stands. Typically it is thought that the man is the breadwinner and the women stays at home and takes care of all the other household responsibilities. Hope states in her essay “When I was growing up in suburban New York, my mother seemed to do everything. Everything. Carpooling, haircuts, vet appointments, ice cream cakes, dinners in the crock-pot, book report dioramas- the whole roll call for a house wife of the 1960’s and 1970’s” (430), this was how women were perceived in the 60’s and 70’s. The men were expected to go out and work their bones off while women stayed home to do the hardest job in the world, take care of all household duties. It was rare during that era for women to have entered the work force; a man was the one who financially held responsibility. This was the mindset that was ingrained into a woman’s head due to typical family cultures and traditions. Presently women have taken on several different roles, due to the fact that we no longer have the typical nuclear American families anymore. Now we have single mothers who must play the role of both the...
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