Working Father Magazine?Toddi Gutner
When I came home late Saturday night from 4-day business trip to Puerto Rico with the Belizean Grove, I had some concerns about what I would find. Usually when I leave my husband Neil alone with our two boys, the house looks like a hurricane hit it when I return. But after enough ranting and raving about that, this time I was pleasantly surprised: the toys were in their bins, the dishes were clean and in the cupboard, and the laundry was in the basket (not the floor).
The surprise comes because he doesn’t have many role models for juggling kids and career. I did a quick search for on the web and most of what came up was website and blog support specifically for professional women, like BlueSuitMom.com and MotherAtWork, for stay at home dads, like RebelDad and for working parents but zippo for working dads.
Granted, I know women (including myself) do most of the day-to-day stuff for the kids, but I don’t think it is solely the fault of the fathers. Lois Scott, ceo of a Chicago-based investment banking firm, Scott Balice Strategies, commented on our blog that “interestingly, it is not just the moms that want this level of flexibility and choice about their working lives, it's the dads too.”Another blog I ran across DowntownWomen's Club, also wrote that work life balance is not just a woman's issue.
It reminds me of chat I had with Gloria Steinem a few years ago when I asked her how she felt about the state of women in the workplace. I was surprised at the time by her answer. She said that until professional men feel comfortable to express their need for a work/life balance, as women have begun to do, then they are unable to contribute more at home even if they might want to. Time for a working dad's magazine?