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Women's changing workplace roles alter men's roles with kids

Fathers' roles with their children have been changing, some experts claim, as many fathers are involved more in caring for and nurturing their children. Long thought of as the role of mothers, fathers in recent years have shown that they can take on those same tasks and raise well-adjusted children.

One expert studied the change and noted that one reason for it may be the way that women's roles in the workplace are shifting. They are getting more job opportunities and finding fulfillment in their careers more often. He noted that in more than 5 million households, women were making more than men.

He surmised that some of the shift in men's lives, then, comes from necessity. In previous generations, men and women may have fallen into more traditional roles, with women caring for the kids and men paying the bills. As women take over in the workforce and provide economically for the family, more men are shifting over to take care of the kids.

In other words, he believed the roles were evening out. They were throwing off the traditional stereotypes and showing that both genders could thrive in either role. They could embrace those challenges and have a positive impact on their families in many ways.

This shift is part of the reason why it's so important for modern fathers to know all of their rights, especially during divorce. It's clear that time with the kids is important to them, and outdated stereotypes should not guide divorce proceedings. Fathers must know where they stand legally and what steps they can take to protect their rights to be involved with the kids.

Source: U.S. News, "Fathers As Caretakers," Raymond Levy, accessed Oct. 30, 2017

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