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638. RISE OF THE CO-PARENTAs our data on the previous page shows, balancing family and work is an issue for all parents, dads very much included. Evenas Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg urges men to become more active co-parents, the Pew Research Center reports that 50% ofAmerican dads with kids under 18 say it’s difficult to balance work and their family responsibilities, only slightly laggingAmerican moms who say this (56%). And a third of working dads feel like they’re always rushed, vs. 40% of working mothers.The pressures on men keep expanding: Fathers are taking on a more central family role at atime when jobs can be 24/7 thanks to technology and, in today’s economy, often come withgreater demands. Meanwhile, men may find it difficult to take off for family reasons.Reports the FT: “Studies show that men who take timeoff or request flexibility to care for childrenare perceived by co-workers as ‘weak’ or‘uncompetitive’ and face a greater risk ofbeing demoted or laid off.”The next generations of dads, theguys in their 20s and 30s with wiveswith very responsible jobs who may verylikely earn as much or more than they do,that generation of fathers probably feelsthat their employer may be out of syncwith them in terms of what their lifeexperience is like when they leavethe workplace on anygiven day.”BRADHARRINGTON,executive director,Boston CollegeCenter for Work& FamilyThe raging debate about issuesof ‘work-life balance’ has focused onwhether or not women can ‘have it all.’Entirely lost in this debate is the growingstrain of work-life balance on men, whotoday are feeling the competing demandsof work and home as much or morethan women. And the truth is asshocking as it is obvious: Noone can have it all.”RICHARDDORMENT, “WhyMen Still Can’tHave It All,”Esquire, June/July 20132/3of men agree“Employers assume men willbe there, while women withchildren can put in less timebecause of their families”More than
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