Running Head: STAY AT HOME DADS
Stay at Home Dads
Traditionally families were defined by their faithfulness and conventional sex roles. The roles of men and women were structured according to the traditional family roles. It was believed that the father’s role was to work in the office the whole day as the mother stays at home to attend to house hold chores. For many years traditional marriage was the cornerstone of almost all societies, an important institution for the passing on of values and taking care of children. That was then, the present is experiencing changing roles, and fathers opt for staying at home as mothers pursue their careers. Introduction
The stereotype that men work better than women is out-dated and the good thing about it is that, it is now laughed at than believed. Recent research shows that stay-at-home dads are more popular than it has ever been imagined; they now have their own groups, websites and how-to books. But the question remains, are they being acknowledged in the same as way as wives were? A stay-at-home dad is simply a married man who chooses to either not to hold a career and assume all responsibilities at home such as cleaning, cooking, paying bills, child care, and other home duties in the absence of his working wife. It can also be who holds a career but decides to have a second shift where by he comes home and assumes household responsibilities. In fact they should not be called stay at home dads or house husbands, but people who are just carrying out their parenting roles. Thesis statement
This is an argumentative aiming at proving that stay at home dad is becoming normal practice and as such it is reversing what has been considered a stereotype that dads have to go out and work while mums remain at home to take care of children. To accomplish this task the following thesis statement is adopted: stay at home dads are effectively reversing stereotypes. A sentence outline on how this will be achieved is as follows; the general trend of statistics is examined and the views of the society in reference to stay at home dads explored; in a brief way the paper examines what it takes to be a stay at home dad and goes on to describe the common excuses which are forward against stay at home dads; the essay then gives details of the challenges that stay at home dad encounter and finally the conclusion is drawn making it clear the practice of stay at home dads is really reversing the traditional stereotype beliefs that men can not perform better at home and that they are limited to work outside the home setting and provide for their families. The essay argues by basing it opinions on credible literature. The Trend
Comparisons between mothers and fathers are very much flawed, if we define fatherhood through a split of labor where men do strength based work, then it will be wrong to compare mothering to fathering. Another misconception that needs to be corrected is that parenting is about work. This prompts us to ask the questions: What will be wrong if we treat parenting not as work, but as a relational construct? What does a father do? And how does society value them? By taking parenting to be a relational construction in the family context of mutual selves, the stereotypes of the stay at home father can be used to construct him as an agent who is actively involved in relational parenting. It is shown that 15% of married men in the US decided to become house husbands at the end of 1987. According to the US Census Bureau statistics, there were about 143,000 full time dads staying at home in 2006 (McKay 4). This is an increase from the 2003 statistics that showed that there were 98,000 stay at home dads in the US. But still this is disputed by the dads who claim that this is an estimate based on results of too-restrictive criteria, saying that the number is about 2 million. Many will not see this as a tremendous...
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