Chapter 10 briefly outlines the role of the father in parenting. According to the textbook, fathers tend to be less attentive and affectionate than mothers toward their children and spend less time with their babies.
Yet the days of the "traditional" family - with dad as breadwinner, mom as homemaker, 2.5 kids and a home in suburbia - are long gone. As more and more women enter the workforce, there is an increasing number of fathers who elect to stay at home. In 2009, there were an estimated 158,000 fathers who were primary caregivers in their household.* Phrases like "stay-at-home-dad" and "Mr. Mom" point to these changing parental roles. Check out the following trailers:
The films, while primarily aiming to provide humor, also recognize that fathers play an important role in child-rearing. But what are they saying about their capabilities? Certainly, the trailer hints at the father's lack of responsibility. (One father jokes that he caught his kid eating a cigarette.) Does the media make the same statements about mothers, or is it just reserved for fathers? What do you think?
* Source: America's Families and Living Arrangements