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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Equal Responsibility

Thanks to Jeremy at Daddy Dialectic, Amy and I found this eloquent law student's blog entry. It's an ode to co-parenting, the term the blog's author (part of an equally sharing couple) uses for ESP. This couple truly embodies what Amy and I believe is the spirit of equal sharing. Here's one of my favorite passages:

"To Husband and I, co-parenting means both of us being equally responsible for the care of our child. When [our daughter] was born, Husband took a nine week paternity leave to take care of her. When I started back to school full time four weeks after she was born, he got up with her during the night, and cared for her during the times I was in class. I don't feel like I'm a bad mother and not bonding with my child because my husband does an equal share of the parenting, and sometimes even more than half."

Words like these are rare in the blogosphere. A mom realizing that being a good mother can include fully sharing the responsibility (and bonding time) of a newborn with the baby's father? A father whose paternity leave was actually longer than his wife's maternity leave? Two parents who believe in equal investment and responsibility (above and beyond equal task division) in caring for their children?

Now THIS is what we're talking about!


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