The Secret Thing All Women Want
Text of article in July 2007 issue of Fitness
(page 96, otherwise not available online)
"Equally Shared Parenting" might sound like an idea from the former
Soviet republic. But it's actually a lifestyle gaining popularity
among couples who want a more congruent balance between work and home
life, say Amy and Marc Vachon, creators of the information Web site
EquallySharedParenting.com. Why? More moms are working
outside the home and more dads are recognizing that caring for kids is work, so the concept of an even
split of breadwinning and domestic responsibilities just makes
sense. And it means less stress on you. But there are some
sacrifices that come with livin' la vida less loca:
You'll give up control of
the domestic reins, giving him comparative input in thousehold and kid
matters. That can be difficult, Amy explains, because "many women
see themselves as the ones who make the domestic decisions."
You'll gain a
partner. "I can leave the house without worrying," Amy says.
You'll give up promotions
that steal time from family commitments, or accept less pay to work
fewer hours (and so will he).
You'll gain more time
to, um, exercise. Says Amy, "With all the hours we spend
together, there's definitely more opportunity for sex!"
©Copyright 2007 Marc and Amy