Washington Post

by Amy Joyce / October 21, 2015

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) shocked the world when … wait. No he didn’t. It’s not really shocking anymore to hear a parent say they want to still see their family, despite career demands. Paul Ryan is far from the first man (or woman) who is trying to find a balance that allows him to have a career and a family.

In fact, it’s spoken about so often, this whole piece could be packed full of cliches. (Editor, beware.)

Ryan said yesterday that he’d only run for House speaker on a few conditions. The one that resonated with many: “I cannot and will not give up my family time.”

Sound familiar? Or at least feel familiar?

Good for him. He’s not alone. The role of working dad has changed a lot in recent years.

In fact, 60 percent of working dads said they experienced work-family conflict back in 2008, which was up from just 35 percent in 1977, according to a Families and Work Institute study. From Pew Research this summer: “Among working fathers, 50 percent say that it is difficult for them to balance the responsibilities of their job and their family. This is roughly equal to the share of working mothers who told us they have difficulty balancing work and family. About the same share of working dads (34 percent) and moms (40 percent) say they ‘always feel rushed‘ in their day-to-day lives.”


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