Okay, I love #LeanInTogether, the newest campaign from Sheryl Sandberg's that encourages men to help women in the fight for gender equality. In partnership with the NBA and WNBA, the campaign emphasizes the economic and social benefits men can gain from equality. On the site, the campaign points out that children with involved fathers are happier, healthier, and more successful. Couples that share responsibilities have stronger marriages, and diverse teams and companies produce better results. "In order for women to be seen as leaders, we’re also going to have to support men as caregivers," Sandberg said. "Both sides of these coins work together, you can’t really have one without the other." People have asked me in the past why I "only" write about motherhood, and the answer is pretty simple actually. I am a mom, and I write about what I know. In no way do I aim to not include fathers, I just don't assume I know what it is to be a father, because I'm not one myself. But the truth is, I have a very involved father right here in our house. Our Papa is a hands on, babywearing, dinner cooking, homework helping, hair brushing, diaper changing, housework doing dad. There aren't any jobs that he doesn't do, and the way he is as a caregiver for our children is one of my favorite parts about him as a person.
Now, I also want to point out that while I was writing this, I thought, what about single moms? What about single dads? I found this piece on the Lean In site and totally fell in love with it too. "When we ask for what we need, we imply that we are worthy of it. And when we reject perfectionism in favor of an authentic, balanced self, we create a better world for the girls who are watching us."
I want to see your photos of Leaning In Together for the Spring Issue of Mamatoga. Email me your photos (to Jenny (at) Mamatoga (dot) com) with a brief description or post them on my facebook page here with the hashtag #LeanInTogether and chosen photos will appear in the newt issue of Mamatoga Magazine, our area's first parenting magazine! xoxo