Today's new fathers really have their priorities set according to a new study published by the Boston College Center for Work and Family. Just in time for Father's Day, researchers focused on 33 first-time dads to understand their approach to the age old juggling act of career and family. The verdict is that today's new father is more determined than ever to be hands-on, sometimes at the expense of a fast track career. Of course with more dual-career households women are not defaulting to the traditional prime caretaker role as they once did, but as the research points out, men are picking up the slack and that "traditional roles" of fatherhood no longer exist. Researcher Brad Harrington says "young people and especially new fathers are redefining what it means to be successful and happy." Those around them are noticing too. The study, The New Dad: Exploring Fatherhood within a career Context, also points out fathers today are finding increased respect and responsibilities on the job just for being a new father.
My own children are now in their twenties. The first thing I always say to expectant and new pops is this: being a dad is and always will be the best job I ever have. My generation of fathers likes to think that we have been more involved in our children's lives than the generation that preceeded us. If in fact today's new fathers are taking parenting to a new level, as this study suggests, I hope it means somebody raised them right.
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