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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

BabyZone Coverage

Just a quick post to say we're featured in a new article on BabyZone.com today. It's a fairly general article about how couples can more equitably share housework and childraising activities. I like how the author describes the relative ease of sharing the household cleaning and typical chores, but that 'extracurriculars' like party planning and shopping for gifts are harder to share.

Tips are provided, partly from us and also from Jessica DeGroot of the ThirdPath Institute. I agree with all of them except this one: "Many women think that being CEO of the home gives them the right to micromanage their husbands. Instead, think about the good bosses you've had - usually the best ones are those who tell you what needs to be done, but let you figure out how to do it." I'd go much further than this if you want ESP - all the way to asking women to give up being the CEO of the home altogether. No managing at all - just teaming up with him to get the job done and enjoying it along the way.

Thanks, Jeannie Brown of BabyZone, for a nice primer on getting to equality!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Marc and Amy,

Thanks so much for the shout-out! I agree with your comments about the wife as CEO but as you point out, this is just meant to spark a conversation on how to begin to create balance. I couldn't presume to delve into all the details of ESP or shared care or any other similar type of parenting model in an overview like this.

That said, I hope it does help people open their minds and add their voices to the discussion. I think you guys are onto something and I admire you for being such strong advocates for seeking balance.

I look forward to reading and learning more from you!

--Jeannie Brown

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