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Fathers find home role rewarding as moms follow career paths

By XING WEN | China Daily | Updated: 2023-05-13 09:44

The second season of Dad in Charge features celebrity guests (from left) Li Ai, Nathan Lee Seung-hyun and Cherrie Ying.[Photo provided to China Daily]

Traditional Chinese society, like many others, was patriarchal: fathers were typically tasked with earning money and maintaining discipline in the family, while being less likely to assume the role of caregiver for their children.

This ancient social structure has undergone deep change in modern times as cultural values shift and economic development provides greater broad-based opportunity.

With the emergence of more women in demanding careers, a corresponding adjustment in gender roles is expected.

As these women become breadwinners for their families, it is reasonable to anticipate that their male partners, who may have less lucrative and less demanding careers, will take on more responsibilities of child care and even become stay-at-home dads.

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