Millennial Parenting – Halving it All

Father has always been that bald, angry and tough figure with a bushy moustache. A ‘not-so-involved’ model. Strict and a firm disciplinarian. He was one who was born to be burdened under the load of a big fat joint family and almost always poverty-laden loan-seeking friends. The only scene when he is in the family is when the daughter is getting married and the in-laws demand more dowry or when the son has to be punished enough to make him run away from home.

All thanks to Bollywood icons like Pran, Prem Chopra and Amrish Puri. For the Keralite in me, it was always Thilakan. His character from the Malayalam movie Sphadikkam portrayed an average Indian father of the last millennium.

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Times have changed. Thankfully! Fatherhood doesn’t stop at donating sperms and sending a pot-bellied wifey to her parents for delivery, waiting for ‘Congratulations! It’s a boy/girl’ through a letter, telegram or a phone call.

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6 Replies to “Millennial Parenting – Halving it All”

  1. Rekha, really true observation, how much the role and function of the man of the house has changed with times. And I am really glad it has! Can’t imagine what I would have done if I had a non-cooperative husband from the olden times, I guess I would simply have given up! Life is so much more fun and interactive when the two wheels drawing the family cart are running along side by side in tandem! Sharing the load probably will become old-fashioned by the time gen Z comes in…..I have a feeling the guys will be doing lions-share of the house work!

    1. Thanks Kala for stopping by and sharing you views. I guess the old generation was conditioned that way. I do remember my grandmother getting upset if my Dad served his food himself or offered a glass of water to my mother. And some men like my father, just acted out in front of them to avoid upsetting them. Otherwise Dad is the one who has always got me ready for school. It’s a different story that he was here with us only till I reached second grade. But even today, Mom doesn’t have to wash his clothes or manage his cupboards or worry about dusting the window grills. In short, all she needs to do for him is to cook. The next generation probably will be much more sensitive towards each other since they see how their parents are sharing the work load in whatever little ways. As you said, it might become a way of life for them.

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