Balancing act: Report: Work/family issues bring stress for working dads

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  • Ann Amberly Greenbelt, MD
    June 28, 2011 12:06 p.m.

    Since this is a Utah paper, perhaps it is worthwhile to consider what Elder Quentin Cook said in the latest LDS General Conference:

    "I would hope that Latter-day Saints would be at the forefront in creating an environment in the workplace that is more receptive and accommodating to both women and men in their responsibilities as parents." - Elder Cook

    Are businesses run by LDS persons in the forefront?

  • unaffiliated_person Saratoga Springs, UT
    June 28, 2011 8:18 a.m.

    This article is right on the money. SO many companies are global and require travel, long hours, hours around the clock, it is difficult to keep up with what is going on at home. It gets even harder when you get home and you are already burned out from work, but everyone at home is relying on you to be happy and helpful. So many support groups and resources for stay at home moms, working moms, yet I see very few resources for dads.

  • Utes Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    June 27, 2011 8:31 p.m.

    @Jeanie b.

    Good for you and your husband! I love hearing success stories like that.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    June 27, 2011 4:55 p.m.

    the only stress I feel is when my wife and I don't communicate with finances. Usually one or the other assumes there is money to buy something without checking with the other and - kableweee!! Simple communication solves so many bad things from happening but often one party or the other decides that communication isn't important - which is selfish.

  • Jeanie b. Orem, UT
    June 27, 2011 4:37 p.m.

    My husband had a career in high tech business management for 20 years and found it to be increasingly hard to be a happy, calm, involved dad. So much was demanded of him. Business is about profit, not people, which makes it inherently difficult to be family-friendly. He decided that he could either be successful in his career or be successful as a father, but he couldn't be both.

    He finally decided to switch careers and now teaches high school. He teaches where our kids attend and has summers off. The over-all time demands and pressure are so much less. He is more calm, happy and available for his family than he has been for years.

    We have less money, but he has more time to be a father and our kids are thriving because of it.