カナダでパパになる！男の育児 in Canada. ヒトシの体験を元に、カナダの男の育児について軽く話していきます。
One aspect of Japanese culture that shocked me at the time and continues to make me feel sad is the idea of “family service”. In other words, men who have families should stay home on Sunday and spend time with their family. Calling it “service” brings to mind volunteering or even a burden.
I get it and I saw it. The men I heard it from were salarymen. They were at work long hours and often had company commitments on at least one weekend day. They “gave” one day each week to their family that rarely saw them.
This approach was not what Hitoshi wanted. He has often said that the opportunity to spend as much time with our child as he does easily cancels sacrifices and frustrations we have experienced living in Canada. Several of his close friends in Japan are dads to young kids. They have bent to the point of breaking to try and balance work with their families. The exhaustion is palpable but their kids need them as much as they need their kids.
What is it like to be a dad where you live? If you had a dad at home, what are your memories from when you were young? Comments in English and Japanese are welcome!
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