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 you can help support gender equality at home:
DADS, BE ACTIVE FATHERS
There’s simply no substitute for hands-on fathering.
Children with involved fathers have higher self-esteem, better cognitive and social skills, fewer behavioral problems, and higher academic achievement.
This is true at every income level and regardless of how involved mothers are.
When fathers participate in their lives, daughters are more willing to try new things and sons are better equipped to cope with stress and less likely to fight.
What’s more, teenagers who feel close to their fathers end up in healthier, happier marriages.
Be an active dad. Help with homework, read books with your kids, and talk about their daily experiences and dreams.
You don’t have to be perfect—you just have to be engaged.