New Strategies for Balancing Work and Family
by James A Levine and Todd L. Pittinsky
I agree with the "blurb" on the cover of this book: "Must reading for all fathers." The author is director of The Fatherhood Project at the Families and Work Institute. This groundbreaking book is a hands-on guidebased on two decades of research and consulting experience. He points out how fathers feel the tug-of-way between work and family, but are reluctant to say so because of a lack of support from business and society in general. He then offers practical solutions that can benefit both parents and businesses.
The book, however, is not just "theory;" it contains practical strategies, including:
- 20 ways to create a father-friendly workplace
- 15 ways for fathers to improve their relationships with their childrenand their wives
- 30 ways for traveling dads to stay connected with their children
- 15 ways for working fathers to get involved in their children's education.
My only misgiving about this book is that it can't be "all things to all people." It speaks primarily to those fathers who work in "white-color" jobs (even the photo on the jacket shows a father holding his young daughterwho is pulling on his tie). But the basic issue of balancing work and family is a serious one for all fathers everywhere.