I was online the other day and came across some interesting concept by the WFP (World Food Programme) in which they were training dads to get involved in the nutrition and well-being of their children. The idea seems quite simple right? But think about it, if we had more dads being hands on in the raising of children, I think we would really make strides in ensuring gender equality. And here is the thing, I think we can safely assume that a dad who is actively involved in raising his kids is much more likely to also lend a helping hand at home from time to time. He is also more likely to be one who is gender sensitive 🙂
Most mums will attest to the fact that when it comes to the nitty-gritty of raising kids such as what they eat, their vaccination schedules etc and housework as well, some dads are usually hands off. This is because of the Gender roles that are given to either men or women and as well as the socialization that takes place over time. What this unique approach by WFP does is that it helps the men appreciate the role that women play in the day-to-day raising of children.
This is especially crucial in today’s world where both men and women are actively involved in providing income towards the well being of the family. If responsibilities within the home context are also equally shared, trust me, we would have happier women and men too! This is because the women will not be so boggled down by household demands.
And as well an applause to the dads who are already hands-on 🙂. Wouldn’t it be nice to have more dads do the same?