Father’s Day in Mexico: lack of fatherhood will affect 40% of households in the country

Mexican father leaves traditional fatherhood behind to get more involved in raising children (Photo: Cuartoscuro)

The idea of ​​celebration Father’s Day originated in 1910, when Smart Dood, an American, emphasizes the role that men play in society, especially those who, as fathers, they played the role of father and mother in the education of their children.

It was not until 1950 that the holiday began to spread in schools in Mexico, although in later years, in 1972, became a consumer party sponsored by major retailers, as it was found that every third Sunday in June will be celebrated in the country.

However, to talk about paternity in Mexico means to highlight the different characteristics that exist in men with sons and daughters, because little by little the Mexican father has left traditional fatherhood behindconceived as the exercise of power and security in the home, to participate in the upbringing of children.

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Being a “good father” is established in the imagination of society as a person who provides resources (Photo: Moisés Pablo / Cuartoscuro.com)

Although the country considered that “be a good mother“There had to be responsibility for the care, attention and upbringing of childrento be “good father”Is established in the imagination of society as the male resource provider absent for work reasons and treated by sons and daughters as a distributor of money and permits.

And that’s according to Women’s Observatoryperceptions of the father will be divided into two:

– the image of the father mil, employeerespectful and affectionate to children,

– the concept of absent and irresponsible fatherrelated to words such as abandonment, absence, abuse and punishment.

This last traditional view has changed in the country because, according to the National Women’s Institute, Currently, many men are striving to participate more actively and comprehensively in the development of their children.it ceases to be only a provider, although there are still parents who remain outside its growth.

Currently, many men are striving to participate more actively and comprehensively in the development of their children (Photo: Moisés Pablo / Cuartoscuro.com)
Currently, many men are striving to participate more actively and comprehensively in the development of their children (Photo: Moisés Pablo / Cuartoscuro.com)

According to a document published by the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) in 2021, based on the retrospective demographic survey (EDER), it was estimated that 17.8 million men between the ages of 20 and 54 in 2017 they had at least one daughter or son.

Meanwhile, Census of Population and Housing 2020 detail this 21.2 million men over the age of 15 identify themselves as fathers of at least one baby living in the same dwelling, representing 46.9% of the male population of this age group.

For his marital status in 2020 Census He announced this 93.5% of the parents are married or in a free union, and 5.9% declared to have been together ever, but separated, divorced or widowed.

tan only 0.5% of men declare that they are single fatherscompared to 7.0% of women who identified as single mothers in the same study.

The father of the family did not live in four of the 10 households in 2010 (Photo: Moisés Pablo / Cuartoscuro.com)
The father of the family did not live in four of the 10 households in 2010 (Photo: Moisés Pablo / Cuartoscuro.com)

However, it was Population and Housing Census 2010 of INEGI, the one that shows harsher paternity figures in the country, as reportedly in four out of 10 households the father of the family did not live at all in 11.4 million households the father was missing.

“Even where there are children from zero to 14 years old, he lives only with them, c one in 100 cases“, Pointed out in 2021 the academician of the College of Mexico and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Juan Guillermo Figueroa Perea.

Similarly, the 2018 National Demographic Dynamics Survey (ENADID) details that 12.2% live with their mother alone, while 1.3% of the population under the age of 15 live with their father.

For 2019 only 369 thousand 210 under 15 yearsof the more than 33 million in this age group, men lived with their parents due to divorce, separation, widowhood or abandonment. At that time, INEGI also appreciated this 796 thousand men were heads of familieswithout the figure of the mother.

Nowadays, fatherhood is practiced in the care and homework of the home (Photo: Moisés Pablo / Cuartoscuro)
Nowadays, fatherhood is practiced in the care and homework of the home (Photo: Moisés Pablo / Cuartoscuro)

Despite the numbers, today fatherhood is practiced in the care and homework of the home and even more so in family and social joint responsibility.

One of these changes is participation and responsibility of men in terms of their fertility and the number of children what they want to have According to the 2018 Family Planning Communication Survey (CONAPO), the majority of young people between the ages of 18 and 24 know and appreciate family planning.

In the same way, the change in the roles and functions that men cover in the home is also noticeable, because more men believe that the upbringing of children should be shared by the father and mother.

Therefore, parents should intervene in the first months of their children’s lives to make connections and help reduce maternal depression in Mexico. men working in the formal sector are entitled to paternity leave.

This is Article 132, Section XXVII of the Federal Labor Law, which states that employers are obliged to provide male workers paternity leave of five working days with full paymenteither by giving birth to your child or by adopting a baby.

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