Changing roles of a modern day father

Changing roles of a modern day father


Long gone are the age old established gender stereotypes that saw mothers and fathers adhering to societal expectations of their parenting roles. The role of a modern parent is much more diversified, with mums and dads now fulfilling a range of non-traditional duties. While a large focus is put on the impacts of these changes for mums, this change has been greatly significant for men as well.

Studies have shown that fathers who spend more quality time with their children, demonstrate more positive cognitive, behavioural and academic outcomes.

The new age father is a far cry from his predecessor. He is more emotionally available, engaged and involved in his child’s upbringing. While in most cases he is the primary breadwinner, at the same time he is also the nappy changer, the lullaby singer, the school dropper, and an omnipresent figure in his children’s lives.

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Talking about the changing role of a new age father, Prajodh Rajan Co-founder and Group CEO, EuroKids International says, “As we are seeing the shift to nuclear families among millennials, new age fathers are breaking out of their traditional role of being a disciplinarian. Millennial fathers are enjoying a more nurturing role today. Nowadays, it’s common to see fathers actively participate in parenting, right from attending school PTA meetings, to parental leave or simply being more involved and nurturing on a day-to-day basis. And this is not just an urban phenomenon, at EuroKids pre-schools across India, we have observed that fathers are imbibing newer ways of interacting and connecting with their kids.”

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