Anne-Marie Slaughter’s essay in The Atlantic stirred up a lot of controversy over family-work balance. Unfortunately, she focuses on individual versus systemic problems. If we instead see the balance issue as one that affects families and not just women, we have a better chance of effecting meaningful change.
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Instant gratification, without paying attention to the consequences, has become a way of life for many, and it costs us dearly in a variety of ways. It is about more than what we eat, but also about character development, including social awareness, taking responsibility and self-control.
Tony Stark (Iron Man) had a difficult relationship with his father. Although his dad loved him, Tony never believed it, and this affected him negatively. It could be that Howard Stark simply didn’t know how to be a good dad. With Father’s Day approaching, perhaps it’s time we reconsidered the fathering role, to make it better for both dads and kids.
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