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What Does The Changing Role Of Fatherhood Mean For Dads?

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What does it mean to be a dad in 2018? Modern economic and social trends have lessened the importance of gender in parenting, rewriting roles and responsibilities for caregivers. 

Although men are more involved in child care than fathers of 50 years ago, 63 percent of dads surveyed by the Pew Research Center say they spend "too little time" with their kids.

There are different ways take on fatherhood and many men are changing what it means to be a dad. By assuming more active roles, stay-at-home dads and single fathers challenge traditional stereotypes surrounding marriage, routine and employment. 

According to the American Psychological Association, a "modern-day father" can provide for children in key ways. From giving emotional and financial support to enforcing an appropriate amount of discipline, dads can have a positive influence over time by being a consistent, loving parent.

For absent and distant dads – or people who do not have positive life experiences with father figures – what are the long-term effects and is there room for healing? 

What does it mean to be a “good dad”? Where can San Antonio fathers learn basic parenting skills and how to be a positive influence in their kid’s life?


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Jan Ross Piedad Sakian is TPR’s News Operations Producer. In this role, she develops strategy on collaborative and digital initiatives for the station. Since 2016, Jan Ross has served in a coordinating capacity for TPR’s state and national partners, including The Texas Newsroom.
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