14.1 What to Know
One of the issues that dads face in being the best dads they can be is balancing work and family. Indeed, a national survey of dads (called Pop’s Culture) found that work duties are the main issue dads face in being the best dads they can be.
You’ve likely received the message that today’s dads can and should be more than a financial provider. You’ve also likely received the message that dads must spend long hours at work to get ahead. These competing messages pull dads in two directions, which can cause a great deal of stress in trying to balance the demands of work and family.
Many dads and employers think that when a dad balances work and family that he won’t be as productive or advance at work. The fact is dads who balance work and family are more productive at work than dads who don’t. And they advance faster and farther than dads who focus on work at the expense of their families.