The Daddy Juggle: Work, Life, Family and Chaos

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The Daddy Juggle: Work, Life, Family and Chaos

By LAUREN WEBER and JOANN S. LUBLIN
June 12, 2014 7:40 p.m. ET

wallstreetjournal6-18-14Can working fathers have it all? Some of them are giving it a shot.

A new generation of fathers with corporate jobs is joining the debate about balancing work and family, a conversation long driven by working women. As the number of dual-earner couples grows and more men make sacrifices to support their wives’ careers, some fathers are asking employers for guidance and action or tapping flexible-workplace policies originally designed for working mothers. Others are curbing their career goals to spend more time at home.

Employers have been slow to recognize men’s role as caregivers, fathers and researchers say. And, as a younger generation brings new expectations for fatherhood into the office, they will have to challenge an assumption their female colleagues have faced for years: It is impossible to be both an involved parent and a star performer.

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