Thursday, June 22, 2006

Quick Grabs

So again did the world a service by asking breadwinner dads if they'd chuck the career to spend more time with the kids. The results were consistent with years past: about about 40 percent of go-to-work dads would stay at home if they could afford it. That's the good news. The bad news is the additional details on the number of guys who aren't getting the family time they want.

I'm late to the party, but wanted to let you know that Linda Hirschman, who wrote a very odd article last year and now is promoting a book, wrote a very odd op-ed for the Washington Post last weekend. Hirshman got a lot of press -- almost all of it negative -- for suggesting that at-home motherhood was for suckers (essentially). So her Post bit was about how shocked she was that the working moms didn't jump to her defense. There's been a great deal of good stuff written on this (see Daddy Chip's take, for instance), but let me add one more perspective: there is not actually a market for pundits who want to tell people exactly how to make work-family choices. There is not a right answer. Everyone has to come to their own peace with it. What we need is more choices, not more people claiming that at-home parenthood (or going to work) is the only right answer.

Erstwhile colleague and all-around nice mom-to-be Katherine Lewis published an interesting piece last week on fathering styles and the impact of fathers on their son's styles. Interesting stuff ...


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