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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Latino Influence

And speaking of Scott Coltrane (see previous blog entry), some of his thoughts on the high level of equal parenting done in Latino families were recently described by Jeremy Adam Smith of Daddy-Dialectic. Data on the lifestyles of Latino men suggest that they place a high value on family togetherness - and are willing to forego material comfort for more time with their children. This, then, leads to a greater chance of gender equality when it comes to childraising (but not housework).

Surprised? With all the macho images of Hispanic men we're used to seeing, it is indeed a lovely surprise to read that they are often more involved fathers than their Caucasian counterparts. Jeremy's story points to their deep desire to provide what really counts for their children as their motivation for involved fatherhood. I'm just happy to know another group that can lead us forward to equally shared childraising. Now to get them to consider the benefits of equal housework....


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