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The father's role as a nurturer helps boys as well as girls.
Turns out he probably wouldn’t have needed the help!
Lots of women proudly identify as "boy moms," but less often do you hear about a "girl dad." Girl dads are the fathers of daughters ― the ones who are pros at doing hair in front of the mirror, or tak...
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I have spent several nights recently, struggling to determine what's harder to stifle: a cough or a sneeze? Till the jury remains out, I'll muzzle both so my two-month-old catches a few more minutes o...
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Research indicates that many women see their partner as their main source of support with breastfeeding. It has been shown that if fathers are supportive of breastfeeding, women are much more likely to continue, which is, of course, a big benefit to the baby.
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There are so many things that are worth celebrating fathers for -- trips to the VHS lending library to rent out Jurassic Park (for the twelfth time), lighting sparkler after sparkler for the kids on Eid, being ecstatic even though you only placed fifth in the school race. Those little things that are actually big things. For Fathers' Day this week, we spoke to five stay-at-home dads about one such big little thing that we believe is especially worth celebrating -- cooking for their children. Here's what we uncovered.
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I watch the buzzards circling nearby, frantically flapping their large wings. Perhaps, they've spotted something to eat. It's a new day. Everything feels peaceful; much like the proverbial calm before the storm. But my heart flutters uncontrollably, for it knows what comes next.
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To advance as a society, the way we perceive fatherhood has to change. More importantly, men and boys must be empowered with the agency to participate at home without judgment. Across the world, 79 countries have taken basic measures to implement paternity leave policies, but the involvement of fathers in caregiving is still not perceived as valuable. It's not just patriarchal societal norms that limit men, it is an entire system that leaves them out in key policies that involve caregiving.
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Great, you're expecting! This has to be amazing news. Both of you are excited beyond words, and suddenly everywhere you turn, you can't help but notice expectant couples. You personally want to shout out the news from the top of a very high building, but you do somehow keep the news to only immediate family/friends. You dote on your partner and are available at her beck and call. Her tiniest ooh, her smallest aah has you in a flurry of concern.
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It is drummed into our heads that the man must be the primary breadwinner of the family and the woman the primary caregiver. We seem to be unwilling to accept the fact that times are changing and that most fathers are happy to do whatever it is they need to do to ensure the proper functioning of the family. Ever since I joined the club, I've noticed that my species has to contend with certain stereotypes. Today, I'd just like to bust a few of those.
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My father taught us that the difference between fear and respect is that one is forced whilst the other is earned. He showed us how one can bring up children through the latter, an impracticable thought to many. That is why, during the 25 years that I shared with him, there was not a single moment that he raised his voice.
My father's defining characteristic is a calm and logical approach to life, where there is little use for prejudices and biases because those are simply erroneous ways of making decisions. I think this philosophy is what makes him and me unabashed feminists -- we simply believe that fairness and equality are good, and that decisions made based on data and logic trump those based on relationships and biases.
When I became a father, a few male friends asked me a question. A question, I must confess, I just hadn't thought about. That question was: "How does it feel?" The first time I was asked this question, I was rather perplexed. Was my friend referring to the timely procreative act that had successfully borne fruit? Or the nearly out-of-body experience of helping hand-deliver my little one?