April 9, 2007

Stealth Parenting: What GTWD's Do

Jugglezine is an online magazine about work-life balance by the folks who made your office chair: Herman Miller.

It's from all the way back in 2005, but this article on how dads don't get quite the same license from the company as moms do to attend to kid-related matters during "office hours" still sounds mostly true. [Though I'd bet a lot of moms feel they have to "stealth parent," too]. Surprising no one, it was written by a dad with a 2-year-old son and a fulltime job:

Some changes have come in the last few years, making it slightly easier for fathers to reconcile the demands of work and family. More companies are offering flextime and telecommuting. Half of the telecommuters are men these days. A few companies even offer paid paternity leave.

In part, the changes have occurred because fathers are speaking up--a little. "My boss knows about my family life and how important my children are because I speak to him openly about work and social life," says Joe, a single father raising two children in western Pennsylvania. Still, he only asks for "family time" during emergencies.

Stealth Parenting [jugglezine.com]

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