Stay-at-home fathers and working mothers continue to defy gender expectations despite traditional societal beliefs pertaining to gender roles. These nontraditional couples model a contemporary and egalitarian lifestyle for their children in a world that is increasingly advocating for more gender equality within and outside of the home. Children within these households exhibit positive cognitive traits, enhanced behavioral developments, and enriched familial relationships (Brown, Mangelsdorf, & Neff, 2012; Deutsch, Servis , & Payne, 2001; Dunn, Rochlen, & O’Brien, 2013; Fischer & Anderson, 2012; Flaskerud, 2012; Lucas-Thompson, Goldberg, & Prause, 2010 ; Rushing & Powell, 2015; Williams & Radin, 1999; Wills & Brauer, 2012). Despite the positive implications of nontraditional dynamics, these families continue to be misunderstood and are often isolated due to social stigma associated with gender stereotypes (Dunn et al., 2013; Rushing & Powell, 2015; Sinno & Killen, 2009; Zimmerman, 2000). In order to better support these families, society ought to acknowledge the decisions that all families make in regards to work and domestic roles and educate children about all future and career opportunities, regardless of gender. With increased understanding and acknowledgment of the developmental benefits that come to children within these dynamics, nontraditional families can pave the way for a less-gendered, more egalitarian world.
"Real Men Burp Babies and Real Women Deliver Dough: The Advantages of Nontraditional Parental Roles,"
Intuition: The BYU Undergraduate Journal in Psychology: Vol. 12
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