Working Fathers: New Strategies for Balancing Work and Family

Working Fathers: New Strategies for Balancing Work and Family

Working Fathers: New Strategies for Balancing Work and Family

Working Fathers: New Strategies for Balancing Work and Family

Synopsis

From leading expert James Levine, the groundbreaking guide to navigating the Daddy Track that Arlie Hochschild calls "must reading for all fathers"

Excerpt

It is 1:15 P.M. on a balmy day in June 1996, and I am on the thirty- sixth floor of Merrill Lynch & Company's headquarters in the World Financial Center, the waterfront spire at the edge of Wall Street. In this gray-walled, no-nonsense conference room, forty men from different areas of the company--traders, attorneys, information-systems guys, managers--have gathered to talk. Not about emerging markets, which might be expected, but about an emerging issue with unexpected consequences for both their work and family lives: fatherhood.

The lunchtime seminar I am conducting on DaddyStress/ Daddy Success was supposed to end fifteen minutes ago, but no one has stirred from his seat. Bernadette Fusaro, the HR manager in charge, seems to have forgotten that she asked me to confine this to one hour. These men, ranging in age from late twenties to mid- fifties, are totally engrossed in sorting out the dilemmas of being a "working father."

"We'll have to stop in another fifteen minutes," I say. "I promised the company I'd let you guys go back to work! I'll stay around afterward for anybody who wants to talk, for as long as you can." After I finish, six men stay to talk for another fifteen minutes.

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