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‘The Daddy Shift’ explored

“Stay−at−home dads,” observes journalist Jeremy Adam Smith, “are the leading edge of the daddy shift, pioneers who are quietly mapping new territory for all fathers.”

In his new book, “The Daddy Shift,” Smith argues that because mothers, either by choice or necessity, are often supporting families, fatherhood has now been redefined to include both caregiving and breadwinning. Stay−at home−dads, he notes, are at one end of a continuum that reflects fathers’ changing role in the American family, from the many dads who split work and child care equally with their spouses to widowed or divorced custodial dads, two dad families, and working fathers who have downsizedtheir jobs or restructured their hours in order to make more room for their children.

Now the author of “The Daddy Shift: How Stay at Home Dads, Breadwinning Moms, and Shared Parenting Are Transforming the American Family” (Beacon: June 2009), is coming to New York.

Smith will be speaking at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, 53 Prospect Park West, July 23 at 7 p.m. in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn, sponsored by The Community Bookstore, and Brooklyn Ethical.

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