Five common Fatherhood Myths

Updated at: Jun 28, 2011
Five common Fatherhood Myths

Kids (4-7) - We present to you five common fatherhood myths that do not hold enough water in today's day and age. These fatherhood myths are being increasingly abandoned for a more relaxed and flexible approach to fatherhood.

Aditi Dasgupta
Tips for ParentWritten by: Aditi DasguptaPublished at: Jun 28, 2011

Society has always functioned on the basis of an ideal parameter where every family has perfect set of parents. However, this is not true. Myths about fatherhood are something that every individual post marriage must understand. Every expecting mother and the child in the family do cater to a few assumptions regarding societal assumptions or ideas rooted in experiences.


The first myth is the myth of a “good father”.


There is a huge difference between the ideal and the real. As societies and family structures emerge and change, the concept of fatherhood as a fixed unit stands challenged. A father can create the necessary security that a family would desire but that is not only restricted to the role of the father. The well-being of the family depends on the contribution of every single person in the family.


Father is not as pivotal and receptive to feelings as the mother.


The mother, undoubtedly, undergoes physical and emotional changes but the father also is an active participant in it. Every father undergoes feelings of change, apprehension and fear in order to finally reach the stage of stability in fatherhood.


Newborn babies do not need the presence of their fathers.


Motherhood is not sufficient for the psychological growth of the child. Fathers have often proven to be their children’s best friends in the growing up years. Many modern day dads help new mothers in newborn care by helping in chores such as nappy changes or giving the baby a bath. This participation establishes much stronger bonds between the father and the child.


Fathers are said to be the economic regulators in the family and supposedly show less emotional involvement while raising kids.


Raising a child is all about parenting and it cannot be accomplished by just one parent. Fathers need to be as involved as mothers. Every parent evolves with the changes that they experience while raising their kids. Fathers need to be emotionally and as well as economically present to ensure their child’s optimum development.


Fathers have to be like their own fathers.


There is no set role model for being the ideal father in every situation of your parenting life. Every situation demands a fresh approach and a new idea as a modern father. Your father can be an influence on the way you might tackle situations in life but every male parent has the potential to create their own identities.


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