By – Dr. Madhushree Vijayakumar, Consultant – Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Motherhood Hospitals Hebbal, Bangalore
In recent years, the perception of parenthood and the role specificity has changed drastically, as today’s fathers are actively involved in all aspects of parenting and are sharing an equal responsibility in managing and taking care of the baby.
Here are some areas that fathers have to do to ease the process for the mother:
Sharing Household Chores: Modern fathers should actively participate in sharing the domestic workload, creating a supportive and balanced environment for their families. By sharing tasks such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, and grocery shopping, fathers not only ease the burden on their partners but also set a positive example for their children. This shared responsibility fosters equality, teamwork, and a sense of partnership within the family.
Birth Support: During the birth of a child, fathers play a crucial role in providing emotional and physical support to their partners. Being present during labour, offering reassurance, and advocating for their partner’s needs have a significant impact on the birthing experience. This active involvement helps strengthen the bond between father, mother, and child, while also instilling a sense of security and trust during this transformative time.
Supporting Your Partner: Becoming a parent is a huge transition, and fathers need to support their partners throughout the journey. From late-night feedings to sleepless nights, fathers can provide emotional support, lend a helping hand, and offer words of encouragement. Taking the time to actively listen, engage in open communication, and empathize with the challenges of their partners help strengthen the relationship.
Managing Dirty Diapers: Diaper changing is an inevitable part of parenting, and fathers play a vital role in this daily task. Taking an active role in changing diapers not only helps lighten the load for their partners but also provides an opportunity for fathers to bond with their babies.
Fatherhood is a rewarding and transformative experience that goes beyond traditional gender roles. Today, fathers actively engage in nurturing, supporting, and sharing responsibilities within their families. By sharing household chores, providing birth support, supporting their partners, managing dirty diapers, and a lot more things, fathers contribute to a harmonious and fulfilling family life. Embracing these roles allows fathers to build strong bonds with their children, foster equality within the family dynamic, and create lasting memories of love, support, and shared responsibility.