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  1. Family Life
    "I can't imagine my husband staying at home," I remarked to a friend years ago. She'd just informed me that a popular blogger we knew now made enough money for her husband to quit his job. "I don't think either of us would survive that. I like having my own space, he likes his work." Then in...
  2. Baby
    I planned on going back to work when my first child was six weeks old, but ended up delaying that plan by, oh let's see ... almost twelve years now. In that time, I've come across many misconceptions about being a stay-at-home mom, some of them my own. Here are just a few: 1. It's Boring This...
  3. Family Life
    "When was the last time we headed out to do something this late?" Kid-free, wild and crazy and living it up, we headed out for a night on the town. It had been awhile. It was also 5:30pm. And truthfully, it was pretty exciting. I'm a homebody, an introvert. I love staying at home with my kids...
  4. Family Life
    It often seems as if I have spent my entire life in search of a specific moment. A moment when all of my goals are met, all of my tasks are completed, all of my obligations are met, and I can sit back and rest in perfect peace knowing that I am, indeed, good enough.This pursuit took on...
  5. Family Life
    Turns out many dinosaurs were stay-at-home dads: What I like about stories like this is how a current social phenomenon can shape our interpretation of natural history. Stay-at-home fatherhood allows us to see and name this behavior, whereas I think fifty years ago it might have gone...
  6. Toddler & Child
    From today's New York Times: I'll be reading the study. Some preliminary points: These results are seemingly contradicted by plenty of long-term studies showing that the two genders are actually converging in both behaviors and attitudes in the Western world. I'd suggest that the reason for...
  7. Family Life
    Hope you had a nice Labor Day. Today's parenting links: Mom 101 has to work while her stay-at-home husband and two kids go on vacation: "I think of all the working dads who stay behind while their wives tote the kids to the grandparents for a week. That's just what you do when you're the...
  8. Baby
    Today, we feature a guest post from Chicago Pop, originally published in the group blog Daddy Dialectic: It's true. I just found out yesterday. Spot was with me, and I didn't even have to take my clothes off. All I had to do was pick up this lovely little book that I'd like to share with other...
  9. Baby
    This is good: The rest of the piece is filled with tips for stay-at-home dads, and I think moms might find the caregiving dad's perspective on breastfeeding interesting.
  10. Family Life
    "As men are taking on primary parenting roles, researchers are discovering that these dads do things a little differently — and sometimes a little better — than more traditional families," writes Laura Vanderkam in yesterday's USA Today. I was one of Vanderkam's sources; though I disagree with...
  11. Family Life
    My esteemed colleague at the Greater Good Science Center, executive director Christine Carter, posted two very nice summaries of research into fatherhood over at her "happy kids" parenting blog, Half-Full. The first asks: Are Dads as Essential as Moms? The answer is, Of course! The second...
  12. Family Life
    It's true--fathers are rare in children's books, especially when it comes to images of them taking care of kids. And why not? Moms are still the ones most likely to be changing diapers and wiping noses, and there’s no point in nursing a sense of grievance over the invisibility of fathers in...
  13. Baby
    A new study finds that "mothers play an important role in determining how much fathers get involved in taking care of their infants": Schoppe-Sullivan's study is the most authoritative one of its kind to date, but this insight isn't news. Earlier studies by Sarah M. Allen and Alan J. Hawkins...
  14. Family Life
    When I became a father four years ago, I knew nothing—absolutely nothing—about parenthood in America. I didn't know how to change a diaper, feed my baby, or give him a bath. I didn’t know anything about paternal leave. I didn’t know anything about the cost of childcare and preschool, or how...
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