Thursday, May 14, 2009

Mojo Mom Chapter 7: Daddies as Mojo Partners

Chapter 7 of Mojo Mom is all about parenting partnerships. Gender roles still tend to come to the forefront in marriages once kids enter the picture (if not before). How can we continue to craft equitable relationships, in which each parent's needs are met, as well as raising happy kids?

Here are some of my favorite resources on this topic:

How to Avoid the Mommy Trap: A Roadmap for Sharing Parenting and Making It Work by Julie Shields. How to Avoid the Mommy Trap is an under-the-radar classic; definitely a must-read if you are interested in these issues.

The Seven Secrets of Making Marriage Work by John Gottman, Ph.D., and Nan Silver

How Can I Get Through to You? Closing the Intimacy Gap Between Men and Women by Terrence Real

The New Father: A Dad’s Guide to the First Year by Armin Brott

The Bitch in the House: 26 Women Tell the Truth About Sex, Solitude, Work, Motherhood, and Marriage edited by Cathi Hanauer

The Bastard on the Couch: 27 Men Try Really Hard to Explain Their Feelings About Love, Loss, Fatherhood, and Freedom edited by Daniel Jones.

Equally Shared Parenting website: Amy and Marc Vachon have some resourceful and enlightening thoughts on parenting partnerships. They have expanded my thinking quite a bit. Amy and Marc will be my guests on tomorrow's new Mojo Mom Podcast. I asked them for some advice and they got to the heart of the matter very quickly, and responded so kindly that I could take in what they were saying. The Vachons' Equally Shared Parenting book will come out early next year.

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Blogger Kimberly Simmons said...

Have you been reading women's enews op-eds about how women need to learn better negotiating skills, to close the wage gap and the domestic labor gap. It is the same message from a very different kind of voice, I think... the authors would be great podcast guests!

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