The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America



June 15, 2007

More like a mom?

Just in time for Father’s Day comes new research saying that the planetary model—”Men are from Mars and women are from Venus”— has gone the way of the flat earth theory. Instead, the study by sociologists from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, reported earlier this week in the Chicago Tribune, say that “we are from one small world that is getting smaller.”

Especially when it comes to caring for their children, studies show dads these days sound a lot like moms—from feeling tension about the balance between family and work to worrying about how their kids spend their time after school.

There’s good news in this: It’s more likely the workplace will make changes that benefit children when the sexes share concerns, rather than when half the parent population delegates these to the other half. But I wonder if this isn’t such a cosmic change after all, but rather falls into the category of “the more things change, the more they stay the same”—thinking back to the days of yore when moms, dads and children worked together on farms or in family stores or other businesses?


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