Ten things about African American fathers you didn’t know
Toward the second half of the 19th century, fathers in the U.S. moved away from farms and small business to the emerging industrial economy seeking work in big cities. This left the responsibility of raising children to the mothers and narrowed the perception of the father as one of breadwinner and provider. As long as the father was earning a paycheck, he was considered a good father. A male who financially provided a good home and the single parent earning income became the accepted norm. Any man who did not provide for his family financially was considered a bad father. This viewpoint of a good father/bad father based on just providing has negatively affected research and perceptions of African American males, who have unfairly become increasingly underemployed and unemployed. Consequently, African American fathers have been historically cast as poor husbands and bad fathers who do not provide for or raise their children. How many of you knew the truth?
1. African American fathers are more likely to help with domestic chores such as cooking and
changing diapers than any other ethnic group.
2. African American fathers choose not let the media define them as men or as fathers.
3. African American fathers have been known to have their children take cell phone pictures of
their homework when they have to work late.
4. African American often fathers learn to parent based on what not to do when raised by
absentee or uninvolved fathers.
5. African American fathers in the home are less likely to have sons who repeat a grade and less
likely to have daughters who suffer from depression.
6. Twenty-one percent of African American fathers marry and live with their child’s mother
within 9-10 years after a premarital birth.
7. African American fathers pass on social capital in their parenting strategies.
8. African American fathers often treat their stepchildren as their own natural born children.
9. African American fathers understand that a relationship with their children’s mother is
important to their success as a father.
10. African American fathers become more religious after the birth of their first child.
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