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PNS Daily Newscast - September 18, 2020 

A federal judge slams the brakes on U.S. Postal Service changes nationwide; and we take you to the state 'out front' for clean elections.

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Definition of Dad Changing: For Better or For Worse?

February 21, 2007

A "first of its kind" report on fatherhood finds a shift in Minnesota families away from traditional roles. Author Glenn Palm, at St. Cloud State, says the report demonstrates the change underway in the definition of being a dad as more women with high-paying jobs become "providers" and an increasing number of men take on more "domestic" roles.

"They identified, out of six different fatherhood roles, providing love and affection as the most important role. Being a protector as the next most important role. And, at the bottom of the six is being a provider. So, that's a cultural switch from what we had in the past."

Palm says the report indicates more Minnesota men are getting involved in their childrens' lives. Still, too many don't participate in family affairs or recognize the shifting roles of parenting.

"Because mothers have shifted to sharing the provider role with fathers, men have seen that maybe that isn't their only
and most important role. That, perhaps, their most important role is to provide their kids with nurturance, love and affection. And, when you think about that, that's a resource that all fathers, no matter what their economic status, educational background, could provide."

Palm says report recommendations include developing a state office to track fatherhood health and help prepare boys for responsible parenting.

More on the study at

Jim Wishner/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - MN