Lean In tips for dads: Challenge the wage gap on the homefront

Parents often place greater value on the chores boys typically do.

Lean In tips for dads: Challenge the wage gap on the homefront


Children should feel supported when they both lead and nurture, and this means pushing back against age-old expectations that women should be caring and men should be in charge.


Changing these stereotypes starts at home.

When parents have 50/50 partnerships, children grow up with more egalitarian views and can envision more possibilities for themselves.

Telling children “You can do anything” is not nearly as effective as showing them they can!

By making small changes that create more equal homes, we can raise a generation of women and men who can be anything they want to be.

Here’s this week’s tip on how dads can help support gender equality at home:

CLOSE THE KID WAGE GAP

SITUATION:

The wage gap starts earlier than you think.

Parents often place greater value

on the chores boys typically do (like taking out the trash) than on chores that

girls usually do (like setting the table).

As a result, boys spend less time on

household chores but make more money than girls.

SOLUTION:

Give your children equal chores and equal allowance.

If your son and daughter

take turns setting the table and taking out the trash, they’ll grow up knowing that

women and men can—and should—split work evenly.

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