Hey Mom, You Influence Dad’s Connection with the Kids

by John Hoffman In my second last post for Dad Central I want to go back one of the most important factors in fathering, which is mothers. Not the father’s own mother, but the mother of his children. One of the first articles I wrote about fathering, almost 30 years ago, was about “roadblocks” to …

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The Motherload Part 2: Some loads are meant to be shared

by Brian Russell Maybe I just made up a new proverb: it's the invisible load that is often the heaviest to bear.  It is the things we are not aware of that weigh us down the most because we feel their weight, but don't realize what is causing it. This is the case for moms …

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Supporting Mom After a Birth: She needs you now more than ever

by John Hoffman As I continue to wind down to the end of my blogging days for Dad Central Ontario, I revisit another one of the constant themes of my writing for fathers over the years. That’s the importance of dads sharing, tuning into, and supporting their partner’s experience in the early weeks of motherhood. …

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The Motherload

by John Hoffman I’ve been writing about fatherhood for a long time—a loooong time. And over the years there are a few themes I have kept coming back to because I think they are so important. One of them is “the motherload.” That’s the somewhat intangible (and to men, sometimes invisible) load of responsibility, care, …

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How Well Do You See The “Motherload”?

by John Hoffman The other day I read an article about women’s invisible workload, written by Lisa Wade, professor of sociology at Occidental College. The idea that mothers have a hidden workload – a psychological and emotional burden – that men don’t always see is not a new idea to me. I have written about …

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What the Women’s March on Washington Means to Me as a Father

by John Hoffman Like many people I was touched and impressed by the Women’s March on Washington, and the sister marches in other cities all over the world. But of all the photos and video clips I saw, here’s the one I thought about the most. It was a photo of a young guy marching …

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