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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Does Society Expect Less of Fathers Than Mothers?

Today, December 6, is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.  Dad Central Ontario believes strongly in the importance of a caring, supportive relationship between parents.  This post reminds all of us of the value of motherhood in the healthy development of children. -ed. by John Hoffman When I started taking our first …

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Does your relationship need the “Anti-Corrosion Treatment?”

by John Hoffman In my last post I started looking at conflict between parenting partners. This time I want to talk about what some experts call corrosive conflict. That’s the ongoing, unresolved conflict that poses the real danger to relationships. Corrosive conflict is like rust. It can gradually damage a relationship that once was strong. …

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