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How Dads Love Now!

Suzanne Braun Levine

While the work-life balancing act remains difficult for working couples — more and more dads are committed to finding a way to make it work. They are making parenting a priority, creating the time for the moments with their kids that one calls the “miracle” of fatherhood.

And there are more and more of them. According to a recent Pew Research Study, fathers have tripled their time with children since 1965. The number of stay-at-home dads is at a record high of 2 million (up from 1.1 million in 1989). While many are home because they are unable to find a job, the Pew Report released this month states: “21 percent are mainly staying home to care for family, a four-fold increase from 1989.”

I interviewed lots of engaged fathers for my e-book Can Men Have It All? And what the “daddy track” means for women. On this Father’s Day, meet a few of them:

*Peter Mountford, a stay-at-home dad described the assumptions people make when they see him doing errands with his kids – nine-month-old Sadie and three-year-old Anna – in a blog on Slate titled: “I’m Not a Hero for Taking Care of My Kids. I’m also not baby-sitting them. I’m their dad.” He wrote, “more or less every week a stranger informs me that I am a ‘hero’ for taking care of my kids while their mother, my wife, is at work making the money that we require….It goes without saying that when Jen was with the kids for her six months, no one ever stopped her in the grocery store to tell her she was a hero.”

*As one man said in a Comment on Mountford’s blog: “After assessing the last 29 years of my life (complete with 6 ½ years in the army, 11 years of college, and one failed marriage), I’m just not willing to put work before family any more. And I don’t really care what society has to say about it!” Read More…

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