the evolution of dad as seen from paternity leave in sweden

The New York Times parenting blog The Motherlode just ran a beautiful wrap up of recent developments in fatherhood, from a review of a new documentary called The Evolution of Dad, to some studies I hadn’t heard of.

I could complain that there about four posts wrapped up into one here.  And that I would love to see this kind of thing outside of Father’s Day week.

But I won’t.  Oops, I just did.

I will focus on the documentary for now and get to the studies later. Since I live in Daddyland, much in this movie seems self-evident. Well, of course men have to change. Of course, dads are different now. But then I read around, and see other blogs filled with crap about how America can’t afford parental leave or that dads are just not made to nurture.

So it is good to see proof that the changes that have gone so deep here in Sweden are also taking at least slight root in the U.S.

The movie has been big news on the daddy blogs for quite a while.  Here is a description from the Motherload:

What does it mean to be a father today? Certainly not what it did in earlier generations, and probably not what it will mean a generation or so from now. Dads like (Dana) Glazer are redefining the role, rejecting old expectations while still answering to them, knowing they don’t want the earlier model but not yet certain what the new model should be.

Glazer attempts to chart this shifting landscape in a documentary, “The Evolution of Dad,” which profiles fathers who are breaking the mold— a dad who has been home with his kids since the 1970s, a couple who splits child care, housework and breadwinning 50/50; a grandfather raising his young granddaughter on his own; a divorced lawyer who now works a four-day week so he can have 50 percent custody of his children.

And the trailer:

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