Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Should Fathers and Mothers Share Equal Responsibility When Taking Care of Their Children?

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I was looking at a study that I used for one of my classes and it asked if fathers and mothers should share equal responsibility when taking care of their children? 50 men and 50 women were asked if they strongly agree, were neutral, disagreed, or strongly disagreed. 94% of the group believed that men and women should not share equal responsibility when taking care of their children. Only 6% of the group were neutral or agreed that men and women should share equal responsibility.

I was so surprised at the numbers and I hope the study is not a real study. Given the amount of work it takes for a child to be raised you would think that those children being raised in a two parent household would split the work. (All be it I believe eve if the parents split the work needs to be as equal as possible,) I have never understood why people still feel that women have to do all the work, like men cannot teach children to be kind, caring, and well-rounded humans. Like I said I am hoping the study is not real and that people do not believe that a “women’s place” is still taking care of children.

I believe that men should pull their weight with the children they bring into the world. If women can get a full time job and still take care of the house and children so can men. I am guilty for not wanting anyone to help with Noah, but not because I do not think men can do the job. (Because I want it done my way and the best way for that to happen is for me to do it.) People like to scream about women getting equal rights, but that means women trusting men to do the jobs that we have spent are whole life hearing they cannot do. Men and women should get paid maternity leave, and they should both take that time to understand their EQUAL role in raising the child. Women need to take a step back and trust that men can do it. I think that is fair, and that all children will benefit. 

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Shakirah is a single mom to a 5 year old. She is a blogger, teacher, and graduate student. Her goal is to bring a more positive and realistic look into the lives of single mothers.

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