Pre-Order The Working Dad’s Survival Guide Today!

Learn how you can be more successful juggling your career and family life- how you can achieve career success and be the loving, involved father you always wanted to be! TWDSG is full of advice, encouragement, and the stories of dads rising to the challenge, with tools and exercises that you can start using right now. Click here to pre-order The Working Dad’s Survival Guide on Amazon.

What Best-Selling Authors Are Saying About The Working Dad’s Survival Guide

What do best-selling authors Brigid Schulte, Armin Brott, Ron Friedman, Elizabeth Grace Saunders and Michael Kimmel have in common? They’ve all voiced their support for my forthcoming book, The Working Dad’s Survival Guide.

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One of the scary but very cool things about writing a book is sending preview copies out to established authors, asking if they’d be willing to read the book and, if they like it, write a testimonial for you.

What if they couldn’t be bothered? Worse, what if they don’t like it?

I’m very happy to report that several best-selling authors have heartily endorsed my forthcoming book (which you can pre-order NOW on Amazon in advance of its June 9th release). Here’s what they had to say:

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Work-Family News Roundup, May 2015

You can pre-order my book now!

You can pre-order my book now!

Here are some of my favorite links and news items about working dads and work-life policy from the past few months.

But first, a reminder that my book, The Working Dad’s Survival Guide, launches June 9th, and is available for pre-order on Amazon.com now (What a great Father’s Day gift idea for you or for one of the dads in your life!)

 

Here’s some of what I’ve been up to, followed by links to my favorite recent articles:

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5% More Fun. A Mother’s Day Salute to My Wife

A mother's day tribute to the best mom I know

A mother’s day tribute to the best mom I know

My friends over at City Dads Group just wrote a great Mother’s Day themed article “What Our Wives Taught Us About Parenting” on their blog. What a clever way to recognize moms and to promote the notion of shared-care parenting. I highly recommend you read it.

Their post gave me the inspiration to write about what I’ve learned from Amy about parenting as a way of recognizing her on this Mother’s Day. Of course, Amy and I became parents at the same time, and had no hidden reservoirs of prior expertise.  But, she’s an awesome mom and I’d be silly not to have learned from her example.

The over-riding lesson I learned from Amy is that everything in life, including parenting, is better with 5% more fun.

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The Pros and Cons of Working the “Third Shift”

I often work a Third Shift on the laptop after Nick's asleep

I often work a Third Shift on the laptop after Nick’s asleep

More and more employees are working a metaphorical Third Shift. They put in their day at work, come home to spend time as an active parent, and then, after the kids go to sleep, they log in to work and put in a few more hours.

Third Shifting allows more time for family, but we need to be careful as it can perpetuate the notion that we must always be available to work.

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Watch This Great Webinar on Working Dads, Paternity Leave and Workplace Flexibility

My favorite tweets during the 4/24 Webinar for Working dads

My favorite tweets during the 4/24 Webinar for Working dads

On Friday, April 24th, I had the pleasure of participating in a fun and informative webinar, “The Modern Dad’s Juggle.”  Dina Bakst and Phoebe Taubman from A Better Balance, a legal advocacy organization promoting family-supportive workplace and social policy, Matt Schneider, the co-founder of the awesome City Dads Group, and I discussed an array of topics regarding modern fatherhood, work-life balance and the challenges posed by the workplace.

The webinar is well worth your time. Dina and Phoebe take the lead in the first half discussing the legal ins and outs of paternity leave, workplace flexibility and caregivers’ rights. I feature more in the second half with information on how working dads can navigate workplace culture and advocate for ourselves and our fellow dads.

Finally, thanks to City Dads, Dad 2.0, The Handsome Father, and Life of Dad for sponsoring and marketing this event.

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Advice From My Wife: An Excerpt From The Working Dad’s Survival Guide

We are officially 49 days away from the launch of The Working Dad’s Survival Guide: How to Succeed at Work and at Home! The book is on the presses as we speak, and the wheels of promotion and commerce have begun to spin. I am incredibly excited!

book cover 3Chapter 12 of the book is entitled, “Building Your Fatherhood Network.” In it, I discuss the importance of building and maintaining friendships with fellow dads. The fact is that too many dads feel alone, and it gets harder to make friends as we get older and busier. Regular informal fun time with fellow dads provides a needed social outlet and the opportunity to share advice and support. Great stuff, if I do say so myself. ;)

Not long ago, I was reading a draft of Chapter 12 to Amy, when she made the following comment. It was so insightful that I typed it down, and now it is included in the book. Here goes:

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Why Amazon Family Matters

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For the past few weeks, many in the dad blogging community have united around the cause to get Amazon.com to change the name of their parent-centric shopping site from “Amazon Mom” to “Amazon Family.”

To many, verbiage like “Amazon Mom” seems like a small concern. In the grand scheme of things, I guess it is. However, to me, these words are an indicator of how our society often undervalues fathers and, by implication, places an unfair burden on mothers. After all, if only “moms” are full “parents,” so much of the burden shifts to them. Many others have written about the societal implications of such messaging for both moms and dads, so today, I’d like to focus on how this notion that parenting is woman’s work insidiously makes its way into corporate culture- to the detriment of working dads, working moms, kids and employers themselves.

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6 Ways Life Is Better When You Work an Alternate Schedule

Because I can work from here at night, I have time during the day to do the rest.

Because I can work from here at night, I have time during the day to do the rest.

I am an advocate for more flexible work arrangements in which people have more control over where and when they accomplish their work. These arrangements benefit employers through reduced turnover and absenteeism, as well as higher employee engagement and productivity. They benefit employees by allowing better work/family balance, as well as lowered stress and higher work and family satisfaction.

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The Working Dad’s Survival Guide: Excerpt and Update

My first book, The Working Dad’s Survival Guide: How to Succeed at Work and at Home (Motivational Press, 2015), will launch this summer in time for Father’s day.

Here’s the cover design for the Working Dad’s Survival Guide!

The book is written, has been edited and copy-edited, and is now undergoing formatting. The gears of publicity are snapping into motion. Meanwhile, I am thrilled to unveil the cover design. Also, here’s a quick excerpt from Chapter 4: The Ins and Outs of Workplace Flexibility: Continue reading

My Paternity Leave Message for the Dad 2.0 Summit

This week, I’ll be at the Dad 2.0 Summit, an annual gathering of bloggers, brands and influencers trying to get the message out to the world about the importance of involved fatherhood, as well as how fatherhood is depicted in the media and supported in society. I’ll be moderating a panel on paternity leave and other workplace supports for fathers, with the goal of arming influencers with the information and motivation they need to spread the word on the importance and benefits of paternity leave. Here’s the message I hope to spread.

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Paternity Leave is good for:

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Dr. Stewart Friedman on Leading the Life You Want, Bruce Springsteen and Getting Yourself Unstuck

Dr. Stewart Friedman discusses his latest book
Dr. Stewart Friedman discusses his latest book

 

Dr. Stewart Friedman is the Practice Professor of Management at the Wharton Business school, the Founding Director of the Leadership Program and the Director of the Work/Life Integration Project, and the author of several books on leadership and work-life integration, most recently the excellent “Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life.” As one of the most prominent men in the field of Work/Life Integration, he has long been one of my role models. In fact, getting to know him over the past few years has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my foray into social media.

Dr. Friedman was kind enough to speak with me about his latest book. In it, he profiles successful people in business (former Bain CEO Tom Tierney and Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg) public service (First Lady Michelle Obama and former Navy Seal and philanthropist Eric Greitens) and sports/entertainment (rock god Bruce Springsteen and US soccer champion Julie Foudy) as models for work-life success. He then leads the reader through assessments and exercises so they can apply those lessons to their own lives. Great stuff.

1. Since I’m a big fan, let’s start with the Boss. Can you discuss one important lesson we can learn from Bruce and apply to our own lives?

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Richard Sherman’s Baby Is Due Just in Time for the Super Bowl. What Should He Do?

UPDATE: The baby arrived Thursday morning, so no decision was needed. Mom, dad and baby are all doing great. Congrats!

Dad-to-be Richard Sherman faces a dilemma. (photo used via creative commons license)

Dad-to-be Richard Sherman faces a dilemma. (photo used via creative commons license)

Seattle Seahawk cornerback and media lightning-rod Richard Sherman’s girlfriend is due to give birth to their first child any day now, and of course Sunday is the Super Bowl.

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