By the time I decided to become a father, I knew the kind of dad I wanted to be. One who was present. One who there to see my daughter grow. A dad who changed diapers, took her to playgroups, did school runs, helped out in class, and was generally immersed in family life. I was lucky enough to live this as a stay-at-home dad for five years, before returning to work. I don’t know where this idea of being this kind of dad came from. It certainly wasn’t from my own father, who was far from being present, and certain wasn't my role model. I still maintain that seeing the movie Mr. Mom at a … [Read more...]
Editor's note: This guest column is being run anonymously to be sensitive to the author's internal debates with himself and verbal ones with his partner over his difficulty returning to the workforce after years as an at-home father. I’ve been teaching my daughter recently about the concept of something being bittersweet -- of the same thing being simultaneously happy and sad. That’s because, right now, I’m going through a bittersweet experience. After years of being an at-home father to my daughter, I’ve returned to work full-time, and I am both delighted and despondent about … [Read more...]
As a father of two and a self-proclaimed “Seasonal Stay at Home Dad” (I am a teacher 10 months of the year), I am challenged daily to not only balance my work and home life, but also to be successful at both. That's why I immensely enjoyed Scott Behson’s book The Working Dad’s Survival Guide: How to Succeed at Work and at Home. A lot of times when you pick up a book and you see “PhD” after the author’s name, you collide with an infusion of highbrow prose that may “say a lot” yet mean little to you. Behson keeps it real, though, and speaks to the reader in a manner that is neither demeaning … [Read more...]
More than ever, fathers are expected to be active in the care and upbringing of their children and tending to domestic chores along with providing for their family financially. How is this possible in today's always-connected, 365/24/7 work world? Won't being a busy "family man" negatively affect one's career?
Join us and family advocacy organization A Better Balance from 1 to 2 p.m. Eastern time, April 24, for "The Modern Dad's Juggle," a free webinar on how fathers can find that perfect work-life balance.Experts from A Better … [Read more...]
Being a modern parent means concerns about balancing work, life and family that most of our moms and dads never worried about. ThirdPath Institute founder Jessica DeGroot, center, joins us on our latest Modern Dads Podcast to discuss "The New Normal" where parents thinking creatively to find ways to be successful in their careers, be the best parent they can, and still have time for themselves. We also talk about Thursdays with Thirdpath, a monthly webinar series that will focus on men's stories to demonstrate an integrated approach to work and life. The Parents' Phrase Book author … [Read more...]