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Family Leave Meant a Strong Start for My Son, My Family and Me

Posted June 14th, 2013 by

Eight years ago, our first son was born. Like many, I found becoming a parent to be an amazing, life-changing experience. I was humbled by the realities of this new responsibility and overwhelmed by the love that I had to give. Nine months of anticipation only partially prepare you for parenthood. Before the birth of [...]

Fathers have become unicorns

Posted June 12th, 2013 by

Fatherhood is a lifestyle. Fatherhood should not just something that you get to do after work, on the weekends or when you are allowed to by the courts or the mother. Fathers live for the betterment of the lives of their children. It is very disturbing that we live in a society that has bestowed [...]

Investing in families pays off

Posted June 12th, 2013 by

The birth of my daughter came just about 1 year after starting a new job in the non-profit sector. I was fortunate in that the organization I work for is run by warm and kind people who appreciate and value the staff. Our staff of seven people were also fairly young on average when I [...]

FatheResponsibility

Posted June 12th, 2013 by

Four of my favorite people in the world call me Junie (their special name for their grandfather).  Granny and I have been married for almost fifty years. We’re grandparents to four delightful grandchildren.  I’d like to offer my input from a grandfather’s perspective as to why Father’s Day is such a BIG deal. Father’s Day [...]

Family leave and self-employment

Posted June 12th, 2013 by

I just watched my three year old “graduate” from her first year of preschool. It was a cute ceremony, and the room was filled with parents that sat in long rows with their cameras trained on the kids up front. But it’s also 11am on a Friday, and that means I was one of the only dads in [...]

Real Nurturing Leave

Posted June 12th, 2013 by

When my partner and I were graced with the news that we were expecting our first child, I was in my fifth year of service as an assistant professor in a research university. Tenure reviews are generally scheduled for the sixth year of service. Thus, in the academic profession, this is the crucial time when [...]

An Organizing Dad

Posted June 12th, 2013 by

I’m a Dad. Even three years and two kids later, defining myself in that way still seems somewhat surreal. I’m also a Community Organizer.  I have been for 13 years… and believe me that’s often very surreal as well. You see, the life of an Organizer isn’t like most. You are seen as a community [...]

The Evolving Role of Men Regarding Work and Family Leave

Posted June 12th, 2013 by

In addition to the individual stories being shared for the Father’s Day blog festival for MomsRising.org, I wanted to provide an overall discussion of the rapidly changing role of men in this discussion around a workplace supportive of employees and their family responsibilities. Often when there is excellent discourse around the role of working mothers in the [...]

Marvin, Tammi, Misha and Daddy

Posted June 12th, 2013 by

When my wife and I adopted Misha Gabrielle, our oldest daughter was a two-week old infant in the late summer of 1998, the last thing we had thought about was my paternity leave. My wife was working at a relatively progressive college, and she was able to take eight weeks off before returning to work [...]

Supporting LGBT Workers and Their Families in Times of Need

Posted June 12th, 2013 by

Every day, LGBT Americans face unexpected emergencies or life events requiring their care and attention—a worker comes down with the flu, a child is born, an adoption is finalized, a sick child is sent home from school, an elderly loved one is hospitalized. Many LGBT workers learn at these critical moments that their employers provide [...]

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