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Can We Talk About How Hard It Is To Be a New Mom?

While working moms typically take maternity leave, dads do not — setting the stage for gendered marital inequality and discord

There is nothing easy or normal about caring for a helpless, demanding infant, and especially in the compromised physical and emotional state that results from the act of childbirth, and especially all alone, as is the typical scenario in American culture.

Hiring help

Hired help = happiness?

When a father is less involved with care early on the mother’s greater expertise at soothing the baby and reading the baby’s signals paves the way for the problematic patterns and dynamics. The seeds of resentment and imbalance are sown every time a baby’s cries are heard only by Mom, or soothed more quickly by Mom than Dad.”

How single moms cope

The problem with spouses who are ‘everything’

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Award-winning journalist, coauthor of “The New I Do: Reshaping Marriage for Skeptics, Realists and Rebels,” mom, changing the narrative about older women

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