The COVID-19 pandemic affected everyone’s work and family life — but for better or worse? Specifically, how did it affect working fathers and their struggle to balance career expectations with parental aspirations?
This topic will be the subject of a free, live online discussion scheduled for 1 p.m., Eastern time, June 16. The event is hosted by ThirdPath Institute, a longtime ally of City Dads Group on work-life balance issues.
“Men Flexing Work” will feature participants in a “virtual town hall” talking about how fathers’ work-family priorities have changed in recent years. The main catalyst: the pandemic that moved many workers from business offices to home-based workplaces. This shift changed not only how fathers’ worked but how and how often they interacted with their family will spouses and children out of workplaces, schools and recreation facilities for extended periods of time.
“At the heart of promoting gender equity and family, well-being is supporting fathers to overcome the unique obstacles men face when redesigning work. Doing this also paves the way for their increased sharing of care at home,” ThirdPath states on its Facebook event page for the discussion. “Hear from dads who have overcome the obstacles and become the dads they’ve always wanted to be.”
People, especially fathers, are invited to watch, listen and participate in the discussion. Organizers are looking for opinions and experiences about the conflict between being an engaged parent and making career progress.
You can register via a Zoom page for the Men Flex Work event.
This event marks the 12th annual Father’s Day Town Hall held by the Philadelphia-based ThirdPath Institute. The nonprofit assists individuals, families and organizations in redesigning work to create time for family, community and other life priorities. Its mission supports a “new mindset where everyone can follow a ‘third path’ — an integrated approach to work and life,” states the group’s website.