Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The New York Times Continues To Discover At-Home Dads

The New York Times wrote a rather breathless account earlier in the month about what used to be called "Mommy and Baby" classes at the Prospect Park YMCA, in Brooklyn. It's the latest in a series of well-reported pieces in the Times that all fall under the general heading of "Holy crap! Look at all of these economic-recession-dads suddenly showing up at events for kids."

What is extraordinary is that the story makes it sound like "critical mass" was achieved in just the last 6 or 7 months, with dads being absent before then. While this sounds suspect to me -- it's not like childreading-dads suddenly descended on New York, like dormant cicadas, when Lehman Brothers folded.

But, hey, maybe we have reached that magical point in NYC where formerly closeted at-home dads are now showing themselves in public. Either way, it's all good ...

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