Both Parents Should Assume Equal Responsibilities

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The New DaD
Exploring Fatherhood within a Career Context
Prof. Brad Harrington, Boston College Fred Van Deusen, Boston College Prof. Jamie Ladge, Northeastern University

Boston College 2010

The authors would like to dedicate this study to our fathers: Ed Harrington, Herb Van Deusen, and Stu Shapiro, who were each great role models of what it means to be a good father.

Copyright ©2010 Boston College Center for Work & Family

THE FATHERHOOD S TUDY

Table Of Contents
Introduction ........................................................................................................................ 3 Why This Study Is Important Now.....................................................................................4 The Research Process .......................................................................................................10 The Research Results........................................................................................................ 12 The Personal Impact Of Fatherhood ....................................................................... 12 Marriage And Family Impact ................................................................................... 18 Workplace Impact..................................................................................................... 21 Career Impact ........................................................................................................... 25 Discussion And Implications ...........................................................................................27 Acknowledgements...........................................................................................................30 References & Appendices ................................................................................................. 31

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THE FATHERHOOD S TUDY

Introduction
It is rarely easy. There are plenty of days of struggle and heartache when, despite our best efforts, we fail to live up to our responsibilities. I know I have been an imperfect father. I know I have made mistakes. I have lost count of all the times, over the years, when the demands of work have taken me from the duties of fatherhood. There were many days out on the campaign trail when I felt like my family was a million miles away, and I knew I was missing moments of my daughters’ lives that I’d never get back. It is a loss I will never fully accept. On this Father’s Day, I am recommitting myself to that work, to those duties that all parents share: to build a foundation for our children’s dreams, to give them the love and support they need to fulfill them, and to stick with them the whole way through, no matter what doubts we may feel or difficulties we may face. That is my prayer for all of us on this Father’s Day, and that is my hope for this nation in the months and years ahead. – President Barack Obama, June 21, 2009 Today in homes all over America, from the White House in Washington, DC, to an apartment in Los Angeles, from a tidy Colonial in New England to a sprawling contemporary home in the Midwest, men are launching a quiet revolution. Spawned by the women’s movement, changing demographics in higher education, and a brutal recession, men are no longer the primary breadwinners of days gone by. It is easy to construct a story of loss that has led to what one recent report called A Woman’s Nation. While this quiet revolution does have seeds in the shifting and uncertain economic fate of men, it is equally born of a new spirit and determination among men to achieve the status of a “whole person.” While women have fought for the past thirty years for legitimacy in the workplace, now it is men’s turn to find their place not just at work but in the home. Like women, men will not always find this journey easy. In spite of the gains their spouses have made in the workplace, it is still assumed that women will play the primary role of raising the children. While...
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