Staying at home and taking care of the children, whose role between husband and wife is it? It has always been the women who stayed home and took care of the children. Who is to say that the father staying at home and the mother entering the workforce is not okay. With this day and age the amount of fathers staying home taking care of children is increase. Of course with a change a parenting roles it can have an affect on the family dynamics.
Women were expected to be housewives and mothers and men to be the breadwinners being able to support their family financially. Nowadays these set roles have become more blurred and conjugal roles in particular are often joint. However in the 1950's we have to remember that the roles within the family were somewhat archaic and traditional compared to today's society. Biff has several roles like all the members of the Loman family. As an elder brother to Happy he offers him advice and help.
Equal sharing in both child rearing and domestic work is the best thing couples can do in their family. Children at home are such a joy and happiness. They need both the mother and the father to take care of them. I think the parents should have the same feelings. It is so important for fathers to spend more time with their children, to know what they like and dislike.
Whether it is the past or the present, there have always been gender roles in society. In most homes, it is the woman’s responsibility to take care of the house. This includes cleaning, meal preparations, raising and taking care of the children as well as the husband. Compared to the men who take care of the more physical activities, such as yard work. It was known throughout many years that it was a woman’s responsibility to stay in the house while the man would go out and look for work to provide money for his family.
Traditionally, mothers have been assigned to stay in the house to take care of children and perform daily household activities. However in recent years, men are becoming more involved in the house. Men are sharing more of the same responsibilities with women in terms of housekeeping and childrearing. Several fathers are choosing to stay in the house to take care of their children rather than working outside; either because of employment interruption or their wives are earning a higher salary than them. In a modern study, an increased number of working mothers as well as an increase in stay- at- home fathers were observed in Canada (Sutherland 2008).
The Roles of Women and Men in the Home Domestic roles which a husband and wife undertake in the house are called conjugal roles these can include childcare and housework. In the past there were clean divisions between the husband's bread-winning role and the wife's housewife/mother role. Today it can be argued that the divisions of labour within the home have become blurred and household tasks are shared. Some sociologists argue that a 'new man' is emerging, and he seems to be sharing more domestic tasks, engaging emotionally with women and showing interest in developing his fathering skills. Young and Wilmott argue that joint conjugal roles are becoming more common since families are becoming more 'home-centred'.
Imagine if we still lived in a world where gender roles in a marriage were dedicated to a specific spouse and were not equal. Now, look and ask yourself, “How are those roles different in today’s world?” Gender roles have a crucial responsibility in present day marriages, and have throughout history; however, roles in and outside of the home, including child care, have changed over time. For instance, for a significant part of the twentieth century gender roles between a husband and wife in a marriage were: the man as the provider and defender and the woman as housewife and caretaker. However, in recent years, the roles have been adjusted. Having said that, gender roles may be similar to the past in some households, but in many, gender roles are quite different when it comes to responsibilities inside and outside of the home and the roles the parents share in terms of childcare.
Parenting can sometimes be something that you learned from watching others or something you were just thrown into. Traditionally and idealistically, the perfect family would be a family in which both the mother and father are married to each other, the father is working, and the mother is also working but both parents are making time to take care of the children. Most American children are raised by both parents in their household (E. Jordan, personal communication, October 11, 2016). Idealistically, the father is mostly supporting the family and the children get to live and find themselves in a supportive household. The children can choose their own career paths and they are engaged in extracurricular activities while the parents are right
However, studies have shown that fathers could also be housekeepers. According to Glen Sacks, the author of “Stay at home dads” dispute that, “The freedom to switch gender roles has allowed each of us to gravitate toward what we really want in life” (Sacks 266). Despite that society looks at men as the primary breadwinner of the house, people tend to call men unmanly because of changing gender roles. Exchanging gender roles is beneficial for fathers because it gives them an opportunity to experience the responsibility that mothers have traditionally by taking care of the home. In fact, fathers could also be a positive impact in the family because they continue to be the warden of the house.
I now realize that I am very fortunate and everyone should accept others no matter what kind of family they live in. This has given me the label of normal in society if I had same sex parent I may be looked at as an outcast or outsider. Since this is how I was raised I am alike to many people. Since both of my parents work and went to post secondary education, I have been able to participate in post secondary school. My family impacts my everyday interactions because I base my actions on what they have taught me.