the evolution of the family
In contemporary families, two things are now true:
• Earning the income necessary to support a family is no longer the sole responsibility of men.
• Staying home to assume the daily care of our kids is no longer the sole responsibility of women.
Increasingly, Moms work outside the home: women now comprise 57.7% of the American workforce. Also increasing is the number of dads who stay home. According to the 2011 US Census report on Childcare Arrangements, 32% of fathers are the primary caregivers for children younger than fifteen. While this statistic may surprise you, our good friends at the At-Home Dad Network believe the number is even larger, with close to 1.4 million Dads “staying home”.
Most families fall somewhere in the middle—both parents work, both take care of their kids. Each family chooses what works best for them.
The Parent du Jour celebrates the evolving roles of mothers and fathers and the strength, resilience and beauty of today’s families.
telling the story of today’s parents
The Parent du Jour tells the stories of today’s families—one day, and one parent — at a time.
Our goal is to feature moms and dads from around the world. You are invited to participate!
Each day we serve up a different parent telling us, in their own words, how they combine work, family, and life.
It doesn’t matter how young or old, seasoned or inexperienced, or whether a parent is single, married, civil-unioned, separated, widowed, divorced or re-married, or if their children are babies or completely grown, with children of their own. We consider anyone taking an active part in the raising of a child a candidate for this project. Moms, Dads, Grandparents, Guardians, Aunts and Uncles— all are welcome to participate.
If you’d like to become The Parent du Jour, contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include The Parent du Jour in the subject line and tell us why you’d like to participate.
We are happy to publish your story as text, video, animation, cartoons —or in any other way you can imagine! *We especially need help in finding parents who live outside the United States. We will gladly publish stories both in English and in each mom or dad’s native language(s).