So much has changed in recent decades -- the influx of women into the workforce, modernizing gender roles, new family structures -- and it makes no sense that our laws haven't kept up with social and economic change. In the second decade of the 21st century, why are we still living by Leave it to Beaver rules?
For a long time in our culture, being a good dad meant providing for your kids. But it also means -- and many kids and dads agree -- being there for your kids. Unfortunately, outmoded policies often make being there at key moments, including birth and illness, the very thing that harms a dad's ability to provide.