A dad’s job is chang­ing and get­ting bet­ter

Dad­hood is in the pit of ex­po­nen­tial so­cial progress

StarMetro Vancouver - - DAILY LIFE - Kate Car­raway How men are tak­ing on in­vis­i­ble labour at thes­tar.com/life

What re­la­tion­ship role has shifted more in the re­cent past than be­ing a dad?

This Fa­ther’s Day might still be a bac­cha­nal of silk ties, nov­elty golf balls and busi­ness-man­age­ment hard­cov­ers, but fa­thers, both the men and the job, have changed.

What a dad is, what he’s sup­posed to be, and do, and know, is dif­fer­ent now than it was 10, 20 and 30 years ago. Maybe a year ago. Now, dad life is dif­fer­ent. Mostly, it’s variable. Now, there are men who ab­sorbed fa­ther­hood into their pre­vi­ous iden­ti­ties, in­stead of be­com­ing a fa­mil­iar and pre­fab­ri­cated archetype of a dad.


Em­pa­thy is di­rect­ing new dads to be more into and “of” their fam­i­lies, to be in­volved in them the same way moth­ers al­ways have been, writes Kate Car­raway.

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