It is no surprise that over time gender roles in the family have been ingrained into our culture and society. Traditionally, we see fathers as "bread winners." They are out of the house and off at work to support the family. And when the father arrives home, it is the mother who will have a fresh and hot home cooked meal on the table. After all, she has been cooking all day and maintaining the household chores, like women have been trained and expected to do.
Over time however, these parental roles are shifting as the definition of family has also greatly evolved, especially in recent years. There are more single parents, divorced families, and other not-so-unique circumstances that challenge this traditional notion of gender roles in the family.
According to Clinical Psychologist and author, Dr. Shefali Tsabary, it is time for men to step outside the bounds of these societal norms and challenge those expectations in order to create more meaningful time with their children. She grants permission for both men and women to continue transforming their roles in the home and in the family unit in order to create a more balanced life.
Dr. Shafali specializes in the integration of Eastern philosophy and Western psychology in order to help families implement the concept of conscious parenting to better connect with their children. In her new book, The Awakened Family
, she explores these dynamic relationships between parent and child and explores a new way in parenting, where gender often becomes androgynous and therefore free of gender confinement. This, she says, also creates a generation that is balanced and living as one.
In this video, Dr. Shefali has a special message for fathers, in particular, to help them find more meaningful time with their children, exhibiting the extraordinary power that can come with being a conscious parent.