Domestic Diversions

Back seat drivers: Moms who control dads’ time with the kids

The Wall Street Journal shows how “gatekeeper” mothers can help or hinder the involvement of fathers.

Sue Shellenbarger writes (excerpt):
Some ideas on avoiding the gatekeeping trap:

Skills training. . . . In the hospital after childbirth, Mr. Edwards already knew how to soothe his baby to sleep while his wife recuperated, a good start toward being “a lot more than the guy who carries stuff.”

Peer support. Men are quicker to plunge into fathering when supported by other men. . . .

Awareness. Simply becoming conscious of gatekeeping and its hazards equips some couples to avoid it. . . .

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