Laid-Off Execs Try Fatherhood

Mr. Moms confess new gig hurts the ego
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Apr 23, 2009 9:50 AM CDT
More men than women have been put out of work by the recession.   (Shutter stock)

(Newser) – Jobless Mr. Moms are becoming more prevalent at school pickup time and PTA meetings in Pelham Manor, a posh New York suburb where hedge-fund managers and execs raise families. Their blunt decisiveness is a remnant of once-successful careers, and while PTA moms welcome their help, they worry for them, too. “That goes to their identity,” one tells the New York Times of losing breadwinner status.

“Men’s self-esteem is much more related to professional success,” says a psychologist who recently visited the town of 5,500. For former insurance exec Andrew Emery, however, joblessness has been a chance to spend time he never got with his children. Now Emery plans to find a flexible job, like teaching, that allows him more family time.