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The Evolution of Fatherhood

June 19, 2016

Since America was founded, the roles and responsibilities of fathers have changed dramatically:

  • During the 1700's and early 1800's, men generally worked as farmers, artisans, and tradesmen. Often their homes were also their work places. As a result, raising children was an integral part of fatherhood. At the time, society believed that fathers had greater responsibility for and influence on children than mothers.
  • From the late 1800's to the mid-1900's, fathers began to work outside the home. Typical American fatherhood was depicted in iconic 1950's television shows like 'Ozzie and Harriett' and 'Father Knows Best'. Men are believed to have fulfilled their responsibilities if they supported their families financially. Mothers were primarily responsible for raising children.
  • During the late 1900's and into the early 2000's, societal roles evolved once again. Fathers have become recognized as caregivers, as well as disciplinarians and/or breadwinners. Modern day research has found that having a loving and nurturing father is as important to a child's happiness, well-being, social mobility, and academic success as having a loving and nurturing mother.

It has been said that the only constant is change. That has proven to be true of parenting. It's also true of financial goals. If your goals or objectives have changed, please give us a call. We're always happy to help!