All parents are parents first and I think it is ridiculous for any employer to ever think or demand otherwise. If we create situations where parents know they are allowed to openly and publicly be parents first, then we help change the paradigm and help make the work/life balance easier for everyone.
As we mark National Work and Family Month, I began the month without work. Hundreds of thousands of my fellow federal employees also found themselves no longer working. I can't begin to tell you what that feels like after dedicating 15 years of service to America, as a United States veteran and civilian public servant.