Thursday, April 24, 2008

Deeper Thoughts on 'Flying Solo'

I'm going to step away from the at-home dad stuff for a moment and think some work-life balance thoughts. I wrote for my On Balance column this week about handling things when my wife is away on work. It was an honest question, and I expected to get (and did get) some blowback from the "quit-whining" contingent.

But as I think about it, I wondered if the reason the topic is on my mind is that we have a household where we both contribute. One of us leaves, and there's a hole to fill. I guess not every family operates like that -- if one parent does the heavy lifting when it comes to the kids/cleaning/food/etc., then it's no big deal if their spouse disappears. I have to broaden my horizons.


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