From the Mouths of 10-Year Olds
This just in...a story today on ABC News describes a University of Maryland study of 7 to 10 year old children's attitudes toward parents working or staying at home. Results show that a mother working outside the home makes sense to the children, but a father who stays at home isn't quite so well accepted. This stands to reason, since women have collectively made great strides in the workplace while men still rarely choose to stay home with the kids. Okay, so that's not headline news. Someday, I hope those kids will be equally comfortable with their fathers' decisions to stay home as they are with their mothers' decisions to work.
But, the beauty of this study is that the kids suggest a prescription for balance that most of the world overlooks. The 10-year olds in the study were asked how both mothers and fathers could be involved at home. One child said, "How about they take turns working and being with the kids? Then it's fair for everyone. Everyone gets to do some things that they like and the kids get to see both their mom and dad." Well, well, well...around here that's called Equally Shared Parenting. Let's hear it for the kids!