First Nations fathers are too often the subject of negative, often untrue stereotypes. We analysed data from around 150 dads about what they needed. Here’s what they said.
Karina Gould pauses to talk to reporters as she carries her three-month-old baby, Oliver Gerones, following a cabinet meeting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in May 2018.
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Karina Gould’s parental leave is similar to that of many Canadians. Yet there are key differences, and they offer lessons on how parental leave could be redesigned to help more Canadian parents.
Too few Canadian fathers take parental leave. That’s because parental leave is framed as an employment policy rather than as care/work policy that promotes greater sharing of both paid and unpaid care work between parents.
If more Canadian fathers are to harness the benefits of parental leave and remote work, we need to design employment and care policies in ways that recognize every family’s unique needs.
Strong, supportive relationships with moms, dads and nonparental caregivers are all vital.
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Psychologists have long focused on the importance of a secure attachment with a mother for healthy child development. A new look supports the value of attachment – but it doesn’t have to be with mom.
The State of the World’s Fathers report found that men reported ‘caring about care.’
The latest State of the World’s Fathers report found a shift in attitudes. In 15 countries, between 70% and 90% of men agreed with the statement, “I feel as responsible for care work as my partner.”
Dad jokes can help make you a better parent. But that’s only one reason why dad jokes work.
A male emu with his chicks. Euahlayi/Yuwaalaraay Country, Bangate Rd, Goodooga, NSW.
For many Indigenous peoples, fathers can include extended family. ‘Emu men’ explores a new way for Indigenous father roles to be recognised in a way that celebrates this.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his son, Hadrien, watch a traditional First Nations game in Whitehorse, Yukon in February 2023.
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Like everyone whose marriage breaks up, nothing is ever quite the same after. What impact Justin Trudeau’s marital breakup will have on his life and career will be revealed in the months to come.
Moms get about 25 minutes less sleep each weeknight when their kids’ school is in session.
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Parents spend more time actively engaged with their kids – such as helping with homework or reading together – during the school year than during summer. But the difference is almost three times greater for moms than for dads.
Leo Brophy, on right, pictured in Darwin during the war.
Kevin Brophy grew up fearing his violent father. Going through the papers of his war record, he began to wonder if his dad was someone else as a young man — someone he might have enjoyed knowing.
This is an intuitive finding, but we had little empirical evidence of it until now. It highlights the critical role fathers play in steering boys towards healthier expressions of masculinity.
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Spain is the only country in the world with the same length of maternity leave for mothers and fathers from 2021.
Paul Mescal as Calum in Aftersun.
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The synth and strings signature of Oliver Coates’ score are combined with the isolated vocals of David Bowie and Freddie Mercury to haunting effect.
Data suggests fathers took on more childcare during the pandemic.
However, there are still challenges for fathers taking on equal or primary care responsibilities.
Fathers’ brains adjust their structure and function to parenthood.
Neuroscientists know that pregnant mothers’ brains change in ways that appear to help with caring for a baby. Now researchers have identified changes in new fathers’ brains, too.
Soon after a baby is born, it’s becoming more common these days for the father or non-birthing parent to be encouraged to place the newborn directly on their chest.
‘The Holy Family,’ by the 17th-century Spanish painter Bartolome Esteban Murillo.
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The Catholic Church considers St. Joseph a role model of fatherhood and faith. In many countries, Father’s Day is celebrated on his feast day.
Through a loving connection, children learn what it means to take safe risks.
Dads and caregivers play important roles in supporting the development of loving relationships.
Evidence-based and easy to read are two important criteria.
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Being a parent can be tricky, and many turn to parenting guides for help in figuring out what to do. Two human development scholars have tips for picking a book that will be useful for you.
Most research on poverty has focused on the effects on mothers, but a new study shows the importance of turning increased attention to fathers’ mental health.
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In families that are facing economic insecurity, fathers are more likely to experience depressive symptoms that can lead to conflict.