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Men Who Change Nappies, Change the World

male caregiver with childrenBy Bryan G. Nelson
Men Teach
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Changing the nappies of other people’s children is something that few people, men or women, usually rush to do. And nappy changing is commonly viewed as a woman’s task anyway so we shouldn’t worry if men do it or not. Or should we? 

In this article, Bryan G. Nelson explains how he came to realise that nappy changing was something that men should, and can do – and how it benefits infants and toddlers for men not to be kept away.   

 

I remember working (we call it teaching now) with infants and toddlers for several years and loving how interesting it was to see such young humans learn to walk, talk, eat and actively play in the world. It wasn’t long before I knew this was important work and that spending my time with them was a significant contribution to the world.

So at first, it really surprised me that there weren’t more men doing this significant job. I knew it was fun and interesting so where were all the other men?  And that’s when I decided to do something about it.

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