MYTHS

BY: Sirena Lowery

Men are not nurturing enough to work with small children

Many men are nurturing and are successful and effective in careers like nursing and teaching. Many men also want to be active fathers and involved with their families. Sometimes boys and men are discouraged from expressing their nurturing toward others because it is not masculine for men to show their nurturing side and skills. Nurturing is more a matter of personality and skills, not gender

Women will leave employment to get married and have children

A survey found that the average woman worked 30 years over the course of her lifetime, regardless of whether or not she was married. More than half of the women who do leave work to have children return to the labor force when the child is one year old or younger. By the time their youngest child is three years old, at least 6 out of every 10 mothers have entered or returned to the labor force.