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What’s a Working Dad to Do?

by Scott Behson

Quick Takes

  • Own your role in changing the conversation about working fathers
  • Talk about your family at work and ask other men about theirs
  • Start an informal group to discuss your lives outside of work
  • Use work flexibility—and ensure that others see you doing it
  • Take your full paternity leave, so others will model your behavior

I was once on a radio show to discuss the struggles men face in trying to balance work and family demands. During the interview, the cohost told a quick anecdote about a run-in he had when he was a rising corporate lawyer at a prestigious New York City firm.

He was divorced and his ex-wife and his kids lived in London, so he flew there to see his kids every other weekend. ...

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