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EconDad explores economic perspectives on what it means to live a good life as a working Dad. How to thrive in our careers, while also being a good husband, father, and provider for our families.
Sometimes it can feel like we’re coming up short in both career and family. That we’re not able to compete at the office compared to our childless colleagues. But neither are we able to be there for our kids compared to stay-at-home parents.
At the same time, we’re doing our best. In order to thrive, though, we need tips, tactics, and shared experiences in career and family. We need to celebrate successes and share perspectives on enabling that success.
EconDad is dedicated to exploring the best we can be, at work and at home. Succeeding most of the time, failing sometimes. But always learning and striving to be the best versions of ourselves.
I often feel on top of the world. Like life has given me more than I’ve ever wanted. I count my blessings daily. We have a family mantra that we repeat to the kids: “McDuffs can do anything!” And we mean it.
On the other hand, sometimes we feel like we’re getting crushed. Like every turn is an uphill battle. We’re constantly reminded of how many people depend on us and how little free time we have.
McDuffs on the beach (2018)
Succeeding with kids in a dual-career household takes serious effort. It requires determination, planning, attention, money, and more patience than I’ll ever have. Ultimately, though, being a Dad is one of the greatest joys of my life.
Personally, I try to be a good person, to contribute to the world, to seek beauty and creativity. I admire skill and achievement in others. I value human goodness and promote it as best I can. I seek balance, truth, and thriving in my own life and in the lives of others. Following the words of Adam Smith: I strive to be loved and to be lovely.
PS. My wife says she wants to start a Facebook group called, “Help! I’m married to an Economist!” I think it’s because either we’re too analytical or always right (just kidding! – those of you who are married know that your wife is always right).