More and more, parenting is becoming “a guy thing.”
That’s the gist of a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. It shows that the old stereotype of clueless Dads - who don’t know the first thing about changing diapers - is dead. Because today’s Dads not only know how to raise good kids, but they’re doing it in a way that Mom never could.
For example: Where Moms typically plan play-dates with other kids at the playground, dads are more likely to plan “adventures” - like hiking through the woods, or going to sporting events. And unlike Mom, Dad doesn’t mind when kids come home covered in mud!
Also, where Moms tend to encourage kids to work on art projects with markers and crayons, dads are more likely to involve kids in home remodeling projects - using tape measures, hammers, and other tools.
And where Moms tend to go out of their way to comfort kids when they act out or cry this study found that Dads take a more “hands off” approach. Meaning, instead of rushing to make kids happy, Dads encourage kids to solve problems on their own – no matter how long they whine and cry.
Moms may cringe when they hear this, but experts say this more “manly” approach to raising kids has significant benefits. Because studies show a direct link between kids raised by Dads having better problem-solving skills, better self-control and better grades!
And with the number of stay-at-home Dads jumping 80 percent in the past decade, it seems parenting is now becoming more “masculine” and that’s a good thing.