The Mental Load of Fatherhood – We Love Our Dads <3

There has been an enormous shift in the role of fathers over the past decade, and even more dramatically in the past few years as gender norms have been challenged and changing. It’s exciting to see that dads are making an effort to be more present now than ever in their kids’ lives, and it’s positively impacting our teens.

A study published in 2018 showed that fathers who closely adhere to masculine norms are less involved in expressive parenting and further research shows the millennial generation has led the societal shift away from the “traditional” fatherhood role of being the primary breadwinner and not being as involved in household roles.

Instead, fathers are now actively focusing on being more present in their children’s lives, and not just as the disciplinary role. Many dads are taking on more of the household tasks and participating in childcare and school drop-off and pick-up.

Millennial dads understand that childcare and household duties are not a one-person job reserved for the mother. Rather parenthood today is more of a partnership.

The increase in remote work over the past few years has also allowed fathers to be home with their families, while continuing their career full-time.

So what does this mean for the mental load of fatherhood?

The mental load of motherhood gets a lot of attention, and rightfully so as moms are often the default parent – leaving work to pick up a sick kid, or being the one to stay-at-home and raise little ones, giving up their career along the way… but this shift in more active fathers leaves us wondering what this all means for dads.

As dads continue to actively increase their role in their children’s lives – they too are feeling the stress of work-life balance and the mental load, and we want to recognize that this month.

Father’s Day is around the corner and we just wanted to send gratitude and awareness to the dads in our community.

We see the work you are doing in and outside of the home and we are excited about these changes in society norms. Your teens need you present in their lives.

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Happy Father’s Day!

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