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Equally Shared Parenting: Rewriting the Rules for a New Generation of Parents

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Chances are, you'd rather not forfeit your happy, rested life the moment you become a parent. As a mom, you may want to keep your career, but aren't sure how to balance it with housework and childcare. As a dad, you probably want to witness your child's milestones, but a demanding job may get in the way. And what about time for yourself (never mind your sex life)?

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This Is Parenting on Your Own Terms

Chances are, you'd rather not forfeit your happy, rested life the moment you become a parent. As a mom, you may want to keep your career, but aren't sure how to balance it with housework and childcare. As a dad, you probably want to witness your child's milestones, but a demanding job may get in the way. And what about time for yourself (never mind your sex life)?

Marc and Amy Vachon were determined to beat this scenario when their first child was born. They vowed to sidestep the world's expectations of new parents and create a parenthood model that worked for them. Their strategy was to share everything-the good and the bad. They became peers in each area of parenthood: childcare, housework, and breadwinning. They also made time for themselves, and for each other. They shared the burdens so nobody was overwhelmed, and the joys so neither missed out on the fun.

Drawing on Marc and Amy's experiences, as well as those of dozens of ESP couples, Equally Shared Parenting shows you how to create a balanced life that is rarely experienced by today's parents. It's not just about who vacuums and who does the dishes, or who brings in the paycheck and who tends to the kids. You'll learn how to look at every aspect of parenthood, money, careers, and your individual needs, so you can build a life that works for you both.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780399535581
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/5/2010
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Marc and Amy Vachon are the founders of EquallySharedParenting.com. Their work has been covered by the New York Times, Boston Globe, Guardian (UK), Fitness Magazine, the Today show, and other media.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Lisa Belkin xi

Introduction xv

Part 1 Setting the Foundation

1 Welcome to the Possibility 3

2 Equality: Halving It All 19

3 Balance: Having It All 39

Part 2 Building the Structure

4 Children: Pride and Joy/Greatest Gift 57

5 Career: More Than a Job/Less Than Your Life 95

6 Home: A Man's Castle/A Woman's Sanctuary 129

7 Self: It's All About You/You with a Life 157

Part 3 Navigating the Barriers

8 Money: You Have Enough/Spend It Wisely 185

9 Society: Courage to Change/Wisdom to Notice 215

Conclusion: The Joy of Ownership 245

Additional Reading 255

Acknowledgments 261

Endnotes 265

Index 267

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