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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Emotional Equality

Little by little, we will be adding more Real Life Stories to the site. Today, I'm happy to announce that we've uploaded a third story - from Jane and Jimmy, two writers who are equally raising their three children (ages 7, 11 and 14). As writers, they enjoy the freedom of working from home quite a bit, but they carve out patches of time each day for each of them to be 'on' with their kids while the other goes off to write (or teach writing at a nearby college). Their story includes a description of how they have shared childraising and breadwinning from the early years with one toddler through the present day, and presents a touching description of how they have each learned to be a better parent from watching each other with their children.

A lovely concept that Jane introduces in this story is that of emotional equality. She calls this 'sharing the emotional zone of parenting', and describes how she and Jimmy have consciously opted for an equal division of the 'emotional' labor in their family. I really like this idea, and think you will enjoy their story.

Speaking of Real Life Stories, don't forget to check out the first two that were posted a few weeks ago. Both are terrific examples of ESP in action. Sharon and Rob are a model couple for gravitating toward equal sharing because it made life happy for them. WWWMama and Pa are a poster couple for how ESP doesn't always wrap itself up in a neat bow; they are in transitional or seasonally changing careers, with living arrangements that include relatives beyond their own nuclear family, yet they embody equal sharing and work hard and consciously to nurture it.

More stories are being written by other ESP couples as I'm writing this, and will be posted soon. How about yours?


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