However, I wonder if it places too much emphasis on the differences between men and women as caregivers? I believe that male caregivers are important NOT because they offer something to children that female caregivers lack. Rather, I think that male role models are important for children because:
a) it shows kids that men can do this, too;
b) it helps them to have a true-life male role model and not see men as so separate/foreign;
c) it is mutually beneficial to both child and caregiver to have this experience;
d) it helps overcome the stereotype that this is not something that males were meant to do.
I don’t think that a “separate but equal” approach is the way to go.