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Published on December 14, 2016 at 10:46 am

10 Things Working Dads Wish You Knew

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There are many ‘myths’ regarding the working dads, which hurt men and women equally. Most of them are under the impression that working fathers are lazy and are un involved with the family. However, all these are just false interpretations, and it is high time that everyone realises it. These myths fuel behind laws and systems that hold back women in the workplace. They discredit men who do caregiving. This makes it, even more, harder for committed dads to attain success at work.

Here we have compiled ten points which you should probably know about working dads:

1. They’re “All In” parents.
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You don’t find all the dads coming home from work and relaxing without helping moms, and making them do it all. They spend atleast three hours a day with the kids, caring them or feeding them. Substantially all dads who live with their children eat with them, bathe and dress them, help them with their homework. They also find time to speak with them about their day at school or at home. They may not do it every day. But they make sure that they do it atleast thrice a week.
2. They’re working equally hard as moms on behalf of their families.
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Men and women put in same hours when you couple the household chores, paid work and childcare. There was a study conducted which declared that men get more “leisure time”. However, that was based on a misreading of data. There was yet another article that falsely alleged that a global study pronounced “women lazier than men.”

3. They’re battling work-life conflict.
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The dads who are working, need more time to spend with their family. More than three-quarters men believe that they don’t get sufficient time to spend with new children. They’re experiencing the same work-life struggle just like the women or perhaps even more.

4. Very few get paid paternity leave.

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Not many employers offer paid paternity leave while just over half of employers grant paid maternity leave. Around 14% employers offer paid paternity leave. And, the situation is getting even worse. The period of leave provided to new dads is going down. The US is an outlier in the world as the “unique” developed economy, with no paid maternity leave. There are many countries which have compulsory paternity leave.

5. They get punished at work for caregiving at home.
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Some men get fired or get demoted when they take their time off for their children or their family. Some bosses refuse to grant family leave time to the employees even when they are legally entitled to it. They consider caregiving the role of women unless they are dead or in a state of coma. These stigmas force men not to take the paternity leave they are allowed, even when it’s paid.

6. Top executives are caught in a time skeins.
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Most of the dads try to find some time for their family. However, there are a few who don’t give them the top priority. But these men get rewarded in the workplace, where typecasts still rule. So they struggle their way up the ranks and manage the policies and culture. They may not have any bad intentions, but will not be familiar with what life is like for most families. A Harvard study observed an enormous majority of top executives are men who agree in not making their families a priority. Moreover, they see work-family fights as originally a “women’s problem.”

7. All that you’ve heard about their sex lives is wrong.
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In a New York Times Magazine cover story, it proposed that men who do traditionally “female” errands like laundry, cleaning, etc., have less sex since their wives get turned off by it. Times story responding to it mentioned old data from the 1990s. However, these are just pure myths. Men who wash the sheets do not report having less “fun” between them.

8. Black dads are doing best of all.
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The majority of the black fathers live with their kids and are the most committed of all. A CDC researcher stated that the study that found this fact indicates “the debunking of the black-fathers-being-absent myth.” However, the fatherlessness crisis is particularly important in the black community. While almost all black dads live with their kids, most black children don’t live with their fathers.

9. There are a number of stay-at-home dads than you think.

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A majority of the stay-at-home dads do some paid work. They will work from home mostly when their kids are sleeping. This is the reason why most of the reports about the stay at home dads in America are not true. They only looked at fathers who did not bring in income. The best guesstimate of stay-at-home dads is approximately 1.8 million. Moreover, one in five dads who have working wives are mainly caregivers to their preschool-aged kids.

10. We’re ready to change the system.
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Today’s daddies are willing to change the system and join together to stand up against the laws which are outdated. The present laws and policies are outmoded, and other stigmas hold the people back. Men and women are all ready to fight back against it and bring change to the policy as such.