This qualitative study of 18 shared parenting couples explores men's and women's resourcefulness as they create together alternatives to traditional parenting patterns. Narrative accounts show a diversity of possible ways to organize family life so both mothers and fathers can be active in parenting. The many strategies followed by these couples - including tag-team parenting, interchangeability of roles, and division of labor - share a flexibility which challenges the many researchers who are fixated on static models of gendered family life.
Table of Contents
PART ONE: BACKGROUNDIntroductionAcademic Discourses Interdisciplinary Perspectives on FatherhoodPART TWO: MEANING-MAKINGDiversity of Styles in Sharing Parenting Diversity of Paths What Influenced Men and Women To Move toward Shared ParentingGuiding Light Foundations for Sharing ParentingTag-Team Parenting and the Mechanisms of Sharing ParentingThe Dance of Father Involvement Men's and Women's Connected ExperiencesSharing Parenting and the Reciprocal Revisioning of Both Fatherhood and MotherhoodPART THREE: RELEXIVE COMMENTARYReshaping Parenthood Possibilities to Inform Alternative DiscourseRevisioning Dominant Discourses and Final Reflections Implications of Taking a Different View