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American Dads Juggling Work and Family: Caring, Committed, Conflicted

photo of ME's juggling work and family guest, Dr. Brad HarringtonConversations about juggling work and family often revolve around challenges faced by moms who are employed outside the home. But a study at Boston College’s Center for Work and Family is changing the conversation, with findings that highlight how some fathers are facing similar struggles as they take on increasing responsibility at home and still strive to succeed in their careers.

 

Dr. Brad Harrington, Executive Director of the BC Center and lead investigator on the study, joins Marti & Erin for this provocative discussion of what is happening in the lives of many American fathers today.

 

In your own family, how is childrearing divided between mom and dad? What about other aspects of household work? How is juggling work and family shaped by the amount and type of out-of-home employment for each parent? What would you change and what would you keep the same about the way childrearing and household tasks are distributed in your family?

 

To read the results of Boston College Center for Work & Family’s study of The New Dad, click here.

To read more about the research findings, click here.

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