Message From Lynn
Message from Lynn
Father’s Day is just around the corner. During this time, all my family in Florida come over for dinner. The kids usually purchase gifts for my husband, father, and son. We have three generations of fathers. Each one has been a father during different decades.
Each generation of fathers changes every decade. For instance, in the 1960s dads were considered the stern disciplinarian of the household.
They were the financial support for their families. The mother stayed home to raise the children. At that time, this was considered a traditional household. Fathers would be dressed formally for every occasion. They liked music like “the hop, and the twist. The most important thing to the fathers of the 1960s was to have a hardworking job that supported their family. I believe the phrase they used was “putting bread on the day” which meant they supported their family.
By the 1980s, women were more independent, so the father’s role in the home was nontraditional. Women started having careers to help support their families. In some cases, the woman was the breadwinner. Both parents had to take a role in raising the children. As this new era started, it took some time for men to adjust. Most men were not raised this way but had to learn that things were changing. In addition, when women took on a career, they worked, cleaned the home, and cared for the children.
Today, fathers come in various forms. The father is no longer considered the breadwinner. He can be a stay-at-home dad. He can also be a step-parent, single, or married. He can be gay or straight. He was raised to help around the home and take care of children. Psychologists say that in today’s diverse households, fathers show more affection and love for their families.
I think it important to observe the history so we can understand how people and societies behaved. Our fathers learned that change was needed. They took it each decade at a time. I do not always agree with history. However, it teaches us what it took to get us here today.
Love you all Lynn