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All In: How Our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, Families, and Businesses--And How We Can Fix It Together Hardcover – May 12, 2015
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“A manifesto of work and life for men that aims to be for working fathers what Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In was to working mothers: a cogent analysis of the systemic problems in work culture that make it so difficult to be a parent.” (Time)
“CNN reporter Levs issues an articulate call for men to fight against the laws, policies, and stigmas preventing them from fully participating in their families’ lives.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Well-documented and easy-to-comprehend data on why men need more paid time off to be with their newborn children.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“A new generation of fathers is joining legions of women in the fight for equality. All In shows how men and women can unite to overcome outdated policies and gender-based stigmas holding them back and make big changes that help families, businesses, and the entire nation.” (Maria Shriver, mother of four, award-winning journalist and producer, six-time bestselling author, and activist for social change and equality)
“All In is an inspired, positive and original approach to the ideal of loving being a father. Josh Levs has touched me. Not literally, but philosophically—as being proud to be a man in our society whose voice can be heard if we simply employ the contents of this wonderful read.” (Bob Saget, comedian, actor, director, and author of bestseller Dirty Daddy)
“A must read. All In crushes outdated yet powerful stereotypes and—with fresh voices, insightful research and a passionate call to action—offers a more expansive, more hopeful and ultimately more human vision of what it means to be a good man.” (Brigid Schulte, author of New York Times bestseller Overwhelmed)
“Levs says it well: ‘the first months of life have a huge impact on the following years.’ We all benefit when families—moms and dads—get more quality time at home with their kids from the get-go. Let’s go all in to fix the policies that make it so.” (Gabriel Stricker, Twitter Chief Communication Officer)
“Dads matter! Josh Levs passionately makes the case that society has marginalized the role of fathers, and it’s time we pay attention to this unbalance. I hope All In leads to a serious national discussion.” (Roland S. Martin, host and managing editor of News One Now, TV One Cable Network)
“Josh Levs leaves virtually no stone unturned in cataloging the state of modern fatherhood, uncovering its game—changing impact on masculinity, relationships, media, marketing, and more. His insights and conclusions will serve as a roadmap to the coming decade of parenting and relationship research, family leave policies, and product marketing efforts.” (John Pacini, cofounder of XY Media and Dad 2.0 Summit)
“One of the most important books written about fatherhood. Engaging and entertaining, All In should be read by fathers, mothers, CEOs, policy makers, and anyone who cares about improving American society.” (Cynthia Calvert, president of Workforce 21C)
“The changes we need in the workplace—from paid parental leave to additional flexibility and more—will not only be better for families, they’ll also be better for business. Josh Levs lays out a clear and compelling path for how dads can join with moms to make these changes happen.” (Jen Dulski, President and COO of Change.org)
“…All In does a superb job of showing how we can make positive changes that benefit organizations, employees and their families, and our society.” (Stewart D. Friedman, founder of the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project and author of Leading the Life You Want)
“All In represents the voice of any parent who feels boxed in by gender stereotypes, at home and at the office. Josh’s energetic style and exhaustive research…comprise an important treatise on how to reboot our obsolete instincts and policies toward working parents.” (Doug French, cofounder of XY Media and Dad 2.0 Summit)
From the Back Cover
When journalist and fatherhood columnist Josh Levs was denied fair parental leave by his employer after his child was born, he fought back—and won. In the process, he became a leading advocate for modern families. In All In, he shows how father-hood today is far different than for previ-ous generations and what that means for our individual lives, families, workplaces, and society.
Growing numbers of men are becoming stay-at-home dads, working part-time, or taking on flexible schedules to spend more time with their children. Even the traditional breadwinner-dad is being trans-formed. Dads today are more emotionally and physically involved on the home front than ever before. They are "all in" and—like mothers—struggling with work-life balance and doing it all.
Levs explains that despite these un-precedented changes, the structures that shape our family lives remain rigid. Our laws, corporate policies, and gender-based expectations in the workplace are horribly outdated, preventing both women and men from living out the equality we believe in—and hurting businesses in the process, too. Women have done a great job of speak-ing out about this, Levs argues. It's time for men to join in—in a big way.
Combining Levs's personal experiences with investigative reporting and frank con-versations with fathers about everything from work life to money to sex, All In busts popular myths, lays out facts, uncovers the forces holding all of us back, and shows how we can join together to change them.
Top customer reviews
I still remember a day at church when a lady heard that I’d be home alone on Saturday with my oldest daughter who was a toddler and made some comment along the lines of “Well let’s just hope she survives the day with daddy.”
Sure the comment was made in jest but it speaks to the cultural expectation that dad is a bumbling idiot who just hopes to make sure that the children survive while he’s on duty.
All In explores this cultural assumption of the ‘bad dad’ along with parental leave, and does it from all sides, not just the dad side. Looking at the US laws it explores I’m super lucky to live in Canada which supplies 12 months of parental leave (8 weeks is for mom then it can be split however) to pretty much anyone that would qualify for any employment assistance.
Not only is having awesome parents good for business as shown in this book, it’s good for families to have dad and mom in place for the first 6 weeks to bond with the child as it’s more likely that families will stay together then and that dad will stay involved with his children even if they don’t stay together.
While the title of the book indicates that the emphasis will be on dad, that’s not quite the case. Much of the book talks about mom, and non-traditional families and how they should be treated by the workplace.
If you’re thinking of becoming a parent or are one, this is a good book to read to help end your assumptions about how parents should act.