Australian Fathers' Influence On A Child's Development

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When an individual thinks of fatherhood, they most likely will think of the hardworking father that was brought to life in America after World War II by various televisions shows such as Father Knows Best and Leave it to Beaver. This is often described as the nuclear family and is viewed by the entire world as the super family; it is the type of family that most individuals dream of having one day. One thing that these shows lacked was ability to show the role of the father in the child’s development throughout its lifetime. Though they showed the father economically supporting the family by ‘bringing home the bacon’ as it is so often coined, they were unable to show the non-disciplinarian ...view middle of the document...

‘Rosie the Riveter,’ a motivational poster brandishing the words ‘We Can Do It’ that was created by J. Howard Miller to encourage the women at home during World War II to work in the factories in order to continue creating parts for warplanes and tanks, was often viewed as inspiration for feminist equality in the years after the war. Recently in 2012, a bearded male parody of ‘Rosie’ went viral on the social networking site known as Facebook stating the words ‘He Can Do It’ and showing the more modern day ‘Rosie’ as a man holding a baby, carrying a dustpan and wearing pink gloves. The overall commentary on the image made it clear that even in a more modern era the idea that a father is the primary caregiver and domestic laborer is one that is still viewed as strange and nearly inconceivable (Dempsey & Hewitt, 2012). Many factors have been studied in this new topic of family research, including the influences of the amount of leave a father takes after the child is born, the overall involvement of the father in the child’s early life, the effect of the father’s sense of responsibility on the child’s eating habits, the attachment shown between the father and the child and how it effects the child’s development, the impact of culture on the parenting styles of the father, and the importance of sports and leisure in the father’s parenting styles and amount of time spent with the family in their free time.
Development psychologists have recently brought to the surface the importance of the family and its position in a child’s life as a nurturing and education-filled environment as opposed to the outside influences that the child is raised around. The environment that a child is raised in is often shaped by the parenting styles which vary in degrees of authoritarian, authoritative, and passive styles. The type of parenting style is believed to be influenced by the...

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