You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Fatherhood ought to be emphasized as much as motherhood. The idea that women are not solely responsible for deciding whether or not to have babies leads onto the idea that they are also responsible for bringing the children up. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the statement?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
There existed a popular belief in the past that it is the responsibility of mothers to rear the children up. However, today, many consider that fathers have an equal responsibility in the same, as they are also a part of deciding whether or not to have babies. I too think in a similar way.
To begin with, one should understand that the social and familial concepts across the world had transformed tremendously in the last century. Today, societies had become more diluted and families had shrunk to nuclear ones. These changes started reflecting in the way which an individual family lives. For example, in a modern family, usually both parents work and this has equally divided their familial responsibilities including child rearing. Therefore, the role of fathers is not far below mothers now, compared to the past.
The second reason why I agree to the statement is because in most modern families, both the couples recognize each other as independent individuals. They value their partner’s opinions, and so decisions, including defining the size of family. Hence, both have equal responsibilities in fostering their babies. Finally, when viewed in a different angle, babies require the care and affection of both their parents for a perfect physical, intellectual and emotional development.
This concept too is not free from criticisms. The foremost among those is a strong and popular belief that motherhood is exceptional, and fathers have little role in child rearing, especially in the tender ages. I too admit that mothers can nurture their babies better than fathers. However, today’s situation divides the responsibilities, and hence the status of both fathers and mothers.
To conclude, though mothers can stand as perfect care-givers to their children, modern situations demand the division of responsibilities of child rearing. Therefore, I believe, today, fatherhood is to be seen as equal as motherhood.