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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Manhattan-Bound

This Thursday, as you may know, Amy and I will be in NYC to speak at the 92Y Tribeca at 7pm along with leading gender sociologist, Kathleen Gerson, and a dynamic Manhattan couple featured in our book, John and Annie Feighery (check out their Real Life Story here). We are thrilled to visit the home turf of our mentor and friends…and we are looking forward to spending an evening in the company of our two sponsors - The NYC Dads Group and HRP Mamas!

Dr. Gerson will be sharing findings from her new book, Finishing the Unfinished Revolution: How a New Generation is Reshaping Family, Work, and Gender in America. She has compelling evidence that relationships built on equality and balance, not standard gender roles, are now desired by the majority of the parenting population.

And John and Annie will share their brave and inspirational path to equally shared parenting, which included moving their family across the country, changing careers, and building the kind of partnership that many of us dream about. They are teammates, friends and peers in their approach to parenting.

We will also share with you some of the keys to happy shared parenting, from our own experiences with this
website, from our book Equally Shared Parenting: Rewriting the Rules for a New Generation of Parents, and from our own lives. In particular, we hope to debunk some stereotypes of ESP, such as the idea that it is primarily about dividing the chores, making our partners do their fair share, or even providing a prescription for equality. Instead, we would like to dream together about the possibility of adults remaining full partners even after children come along, reaching for the twin prizes of an equal partnership and a balanced life in which each parent gets full access to pursue a career, spend meaningful time with the kids, and enough time for fun and rejuvenation. Oh yeah, and if that means creating a plan to get the chores done together, so be it!

These dreams, and more, are yours for the taking. Come kick around the topic and share your thoughts! Both Dr. Gerson’s and our books will be available for sale/signing, and - a change in plans - we're excited to announce that the evening will be moderated by Hannah Seligson, journalist and author of A Little Bit Married: How to Know When It is Time to Walk Down the Aisle or Out the Door.


If you leave nearby, tickets are available here and we hope to see you on Thursday evening!

2 Comments:

Anonymous Quad Pram said...

Thanks for sharing such nice info on parenting. Its really very helpful & intresting. I loved reading it .

11:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for sharing your experience.

Your sentence, "Instead, we would like to dream together about the possibility of adults remaining full partners even after children come along, reaching for the twin prizes of an equal partnership and a balanced life in which each parent gets full access to pursue a career, spend meaningful time with the kids, and enough time for fun and rejuvenation." brings tears to my eyes (literally)!

4:06 PM  

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